Boxer Katie on ‘low point in life’ after fa­ther fall­out

Irish Sunday Mirror - - NEWS - BY COR­MAC O’SHEA

KATIE Tay­lor has said the break­down in her re­la­tion­ship with her fa­ther Pete was a “low point in her life”.

The Bray boxer, who was trained by her dad un­til 2016, said the break-up af­fected her per­for­mances that year, in­clud­ing at the Rio Olympics.

The world cham­pion added: “It was ob­vi­ously a dif­fi­cult tran­si­tion step­ping away from my dad.

“I am glad that was doc­u­mented. That was a low point in my life.

“When you are look­ing at so­cial me­dia, peo­ple only doc­u­ment the highs. Life is full of moun­tain tops and val­leys.”

She re­vealed it was “a tough time for the whole fam­ily”.

The 32-year-old said: “It was tough to go into those com­pe­ti­tions. I went through a lot of emo­tions in those times.

“I don’t know if that’s the rea­son I lost. But I was go­ing through a hard time in those months.”

Later this month, Katie, a film based on the boxer’s life, will be re­leased and she ad­mits she hasn’t watched it as she “knows what hap­pens”.

The cur­rent IBF and WBA lightweight world cham­pion de­fends her ti­tles against Cindy Ser­rano in Bos­ton next week.

She is favourite to over­come the Puerto Ri­can.

THOUGHT­FUL Tay­lor

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