Its fascinating to see the change in character of Katie Taylor, outside the ring she stays in the shadows, shy and vulnerable but a step through the ropes finds a confidence that shines brightly, a smile returning to her face in acknowledgement that she is at home in the confines of a boxing ring that hold so many fighters hopes and dreams within them.
Whether you are an advocate for women’s boxing or not, upon watching this documentary it becomes difficult not to root for the quiet girl from Bray, Ireland who found the calling of boxing whilst tagging along with her father and brothers to a local gym, this was the catalyst for breathing fire into the lungs of a young girl looking for the right fit, sports wise.
A talented footballer, who represented Ireland, Katie had other avenues she could have pursude but would eventually make the decision to kick off her football boots in order to dance for round after round in the squared circle, sharpening the skills to become one of the most dominant women boxers of all time at an amateur level, which I am sure will also be said of her Professional career in the years to follow.
The documentary that aired on Netflix takes us through her day to day life, where without giving away spoilers, we are taken on a rollercoaster of a journey that has yielded six European titles, Five world championships and a Gold Medal at the London 2012 Olympics.
But It’s not all rainbows and lollipops, whilst the achievements were aplenty so was the personal strain heaped upon her, seeing the heartbreak of separation from her long-term trainer/father was one focal point that mentally hindered her winning another Gold in Rio 2016, a point in time that still haunts her to this day prompting the decision to step away from the amateur scene, where after a brief phone call, Matchroom supremo Eddie Hearn was waiting with open arms to introduce her to the paid ranks.
Drastic times calls for drastic measures with a move in locations to Connecticut bringing with it laughter and pain. In the program an element of loneliness takes us further on a downward spiral on the rollercoaster that is Katie’s life but it was a move that as also brought with it much success, finding guidance with trainer Ross Enamait who as brought out the best in the Irish Sensation.
This is a story that is far from reaching its conclusion, but is one that I predict will bring the much-needed exposure to a side of boxing that for the most part mimics marmite amongst fight fans, some love it while others not so much.
Personally, I have always been a fan of Katie’s, loving the art of boxing over the Male/female devide, I have found myself marvelling at the way in which she has taken strides in bringing the focus to the fairer sex’s side of the pugilistic arts to which I think we can all agree upon.
The unified Lightweight champion will this weekend take on Delfine Persoon who holds the WBC lightweight title with further attention brought to a big stage as the supporting act to Anthony Joshua’s defence over Andy Ruiz Jr at Madison Square Garden.
I encourage you to watch the Documentary Katie with a rating from Myself of a 4/5.