Katie Taylor became only Ireland’s third two weight world champion on a emotional night at the Manchester Arena tonight [Saturday].
The tears were meant to be reserved for Anthony Crolla and his boxing farewell, but they arrived earlier, as Taylor became overwhelmed by the personal achievement and the fan reaction to her success.
A large Irish contingent had provided the countries most popular sports star with a hairs on the back of your neck moment during and just after her ring walk.
The atmosphere as Taylor came to the ring to Oasis track ‘Wonderwall’ was sensational – and so vocal was the undisputed lightweight world champion’s support during the ring announcement, that the legendary Michael Buffer’s introductions were drowned out.
The atmosphere waned over the first six rounds as the Bray fighter made sure to box and tried to avoid getting involved in a war. However, it ramped right back up in the closing stages of the fight – and post the final bell the crowd played their part in a special moment in Irish boxing.
As Sky looked to interview the fighter directly after her victory over Christina Linardatou the crowd reaction seemed to hit the ground breaking star.
Taylor, became quite emotional and it took her quite some time before she could answer any questions.
“Thank you so much. I’m making history again, breaking boundaries again, I’m a two-weight world champion,” she said when eventually able to get her words out.
“We knew before the start it was going to be very, very tough. I’m so happy.
“I can’t wait to have a rematch with [Delfine] Persoon and a huge fight with Amanda Serrano as well.”