Katie Taylor revealed her household are Leeds United followers as she prepares to battle within the metropolis this weekend because the undisputed light-weight champion will face Jennifer Han.
But it surely was Manchester United legend Roy Keane who lifted the boxer when she was at her lowest level.
Irish boxer Taylor received gold at London 2012 and suffered a shock defeat on the quarter-finals in Rio 2016 in her makes an attempt to defend her title.
A shock name from Keane got here following that defeat.
“After I misplaced within the Rio Olympics, the primary cellphone name I bought was really from Roy Keane,” Taylor instructed the Every day Mail in an interview in 2019.
“He mentioned, ‘hold your head up’. And he was very, very optimistic and that actually does make my coronary heart so joyful.
“He went out of his means, and it meant a lot to me that one among my heroes, somebody who I actually appeared as much as as a toddler, gave me a name on the lowest level of my profession.
“They’re the stuff you don’t see. He has an important coronary heart. And he’s somebody who doesn’t search for any limelight for these types of issues. It was simply out of the goodness of his coronary heart.”
Taylor will defend her world titles towards Han at Headingley on Saturday evening in a metropolis she is aware of very properly.
The 18-Zero fighter is trying ahead to combating in entrance of a giant crowd for the primary time since earlier than the coronavirus pandemic.
Taylor mentioned: “I’m actually enthusiastic about it really. That is really the primary time I’ve fought in entrance of a dwell crowd.
“To have an opportunity of truly combating at Leeds, my father is definitely a proud Leeds fan, so to have an opportunity of combating right here.
“My greatest reminiscences as a child is definitely visiting this metropolis and going to Elland Highway and watching a Leeds United sport.
“To truly have an opportunity to battle right here could be very, very particular for me.”
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