What will be telling is just departed Dublin manager Jim Gavin next step. Does he withdraw from public life, J D Salinger-style, never to practice his hard-to-define sorcery again? Or, does he do the circuit? asks
Already a transcendent amateur, Katie Taylor is now 15-0 as a professional. In what was her ninth world title fight since switching to the paid ranks in November 2016, Saturday’s triumph means Taylor has become Ireland’s third ever dual-weight title-holder.
Halloween week has always been central to the Katie Taylor story. It was on October 31 that her journey truly began back in 2001, a then 15-year-old Taylor edging out Alanna Murphy on Ireland’s first-ever slate of sanctioned female boxing.