Undisputed Lightweight Boxing Champion of the World Katie Taylor asks during a press conference (with her manager Brian Peters, top) if Sports Minister Shane Ross – a lurking, photo-hungry presence at her arrival at Dublin Airport on Tuesday – is still behind her.
Boxer Katie Taylor, accompanied by Sports Minister Shane Ross, returns home after being crowned the new undisputed world lightweight champion following her 96-94, 96-94, 95-95 win over Belgian boxer Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden in New York on Saturday night.
Have written to @wicklowcoco this evening asking that the Council commission a permanent and public tribute to Katie Taylor in Bray. She has done our country proud and here in County Wicklow we are particularly proud of her amazing achievements!
Katie Taylor with her father Peter Taylor return home from Bejing in 2012
“First and foremost, I would like to wish my most heartfelt condolences to the family of Bobby Messett for their tragic loss. I can’t imagine the despair or the sense of injustice they must be dealing with. I’m praying they know God’s comfort in the hard days ahead.
For my Dad, I’m very thankful and relieved he made it through this horrific attack and is recovering well. I understand there is still a lot of uncertainty about the nature of the incident but I’m hoping the gardaí will get to the bottom of it very soon.
As many of you know, I have been somewhat estranged from my Dad for a number of years now. I’ve had little contact with him in the last three years and no contact or association whatsoever with Bray Boxing Club since 2015.
I have been appalled by the misuse of my name and image during the reporting of this incident in the media coverage, it has been reckless and irresponsible, and a deliberate attempt to inappropriately leverage my name to sell a story. I urge the media to leave me, my Mum and other family members out of this story.
Finally, to Bobby’s family: You didn’t deserve this heartache, I’m so sorry for your loss.”