It is said that a prophet may sometimes go unrecognised in their home country. It may be argued, too, that real greatness, especially sporting greatness, is more often recognised retrospectively than in the moment.
It is as if we need a splash of nostalgia, a period of absence from a reliable but retired champion, to lubricate our judgement, to help us see the full picture.
When Katie Taylor secured the undisputed world lightweight championship titles across two weight divisions on Saturday night in Manchester, she confirmed her position as one of Ireland’s greatest athletes and competitors of all time.
She joins Steve Collins and Carl Frampton as the only Irish boxers to have won world titles at two weight divisions, but surpasses them in a way, as she has won Olympic gold too.
Katie is a four-belt world champion and has become a super lightweight world champion. She has secured five world titles. She is also a prophet in her own way as she has, more than anyone, popularised women’s boxing in Ireland.
She’s a real champion — let’s celebrate her in her pomp.