Wicklow People (West Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By MARY FOGARTY

KATIE Tay­lor told Des Cahill last Fri­day evening that ‘the best is yet to come’.

Her fo­cus when in the states is ‘pretty much train­ing and rest­ing’, the world box­ing cham­pion told her fans as she re­ceived a huge wel­come in Bray at her home­com­ing cel­e­bra­tion. ‘The love and sup­port I have here in this coun­try is in­cred­i­ble,’ said Katie.

Des mentioned that her fans here might worry about her, given the phys­i­cal­ity of her sport. ‘I am well able for the tough fights, I love the tough fights,’ she said. ‘Be­ing in the trenches and turn­ing up in theirs. I know peo­ple do have ner­vous break­downs watch­ing, but I do love those kind of fights.

‘To fight in Madi­son Square Gar­den, the Mecca of box­ing for undis­puted ti­tles, it was absolute dream,’ she said.

‘I didn’t really re­alise how dif­fer­ent the am­a­teur was to the pro un­til I turned pro, it has been a great chal­lenge for me. I came from the bot­tom of my ca­reer at the Rio Olympics to the pin­na­cle of the sport now. I just kept go­ing and never gave up and I’m go­ing from strength to strength. It’s amaz­ing to be in this po­si­tion,’ she said.

Hav­ing achieved ev­ery­thing, am­a­teur and pro, Des won­dered if Katie had any in­ten­tion of stop­ping. ‘No, def­i­nitely not,’ she said. ‘I still have 10 more years left in me.’

Katie was joined on-stage by her mum Brid­get, her sib­lings, and ex­tended fam­ily, in­clud­ing her niece Madeleine, who told the crowd that she does some­times get ner­vous when watch­ing her aun­tie Katie fight. ‘Some­times when I get ner­vous I just go into my room and hide, and then hope that some­thing good’s go­ing to hap­pen!’

‘I be­lieve that Katie Tay­lor is the great­est sports per­son of all time,’ her man­ager Brian Peters told a rap­tur­ous au­di­ence, who ex­pressed their agree­ment with mas­sive cheers.

It was a night to party, de­spite the rain, and there was mu­sic for the masses on the band­stand, with the Camem­bert Quar­tet.

Undis­puted world cham­pion Katie Tay­lor on Bray Band­stand in front of a mas­sive crowd for her home­com­ing last Fri­day.

Fia Clu­cas Keight, Heidi Clu­cas Keogh, Ellie Smith, Jack Smith, Emily Kelly, Tadhg Mc­Don­ald and Philip Doyle.

Layla Meaney, Caragh Fane, Amy Lee Hill, Ava Moran and Amy De Fou­bert.

Fabi­ano Samos, Paloma McCarthy, San­dra carter, Cuán Carter, Nat­laia Cam­pos and Vi­tor Cam­pos.

Katie takes a selfie with Ava Treacy.

Katie O’Toole (11) from Tal­laght brought to tears as she meets her hero.

Katie’s new­est niece Cody meets the crowd.

Saoirse Mana­gan and Kyra Byrne.

Beau, Emma, Bell, Mary and Bai­ley Whis­ton from Kil­coole.

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