So once again Katie Taylor has taken a record and made it her own – joining Mary Kom on a select list of boxers with five world titles. Picked off consecutively no less.
Yana Allekseva, Katie Taylor and Yin Junhua PIC Doug McDermott
Watching someone stay compeditive over so a long period of time, taking on the ‘young Turks’ and winning over and over is inspiring. Even if you have no interest in boxing whatsoever (really, not even a drop?) you have to agree this is a supreme sporting achievement.
Indian fighter Mary Kom did it before her over two weight-divisions. They who know all said that could not be equalled but it speaks to the growing strength of women’s fighting that records tumble.
Mary Kom with her bling Taylor spoke to journalist Johnny Watterson after the medal ceremony:
” “You are a fifth-time world champion. Only one other person in the history of this sport has achieved that,” said RTÉ’s Hugh Cahill. Pete, her father, was standing by her side.
Her head jerked back, her sinking eyes filled, and Katie Taylor stood there in the Halla Gymnasium in Jeju City, South Korea, mute and overthrown with emotion.
She threw her head back and as the tears welled up; she couldn’t speak. For perhaps 20 seconds we watched on as intruders in her unguarded moment as she made a nonsense of the week-long talk of the cold mechanics of how to win fights.”