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Barry Hearn Gives Katie Taylor Dressing Room Pep Talk After Pro Debut Victory

PJ Browne
By PJ Browne
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Katie Taylor made her professional debut at the weekend, easily stopping Polish opponent Karina Kopinska in the third round.


Despite the ease of victory, it was still an impressive performance from the Olympic gold medalist. She handled the unfamiliar situation of pro boxing and all the bustle with ease.

Backstage after the fight, Taylor got a little pep talk from Barry Hearn (captured by iFL TV), the man who founded Matchroom, Taylor's promoter.

Hearn told Bray fighter to keep her camp small and that his son Eddie is the man who will make her money 'because he's a mercenary bastard'.

With all this, everyone slapping you on the back, feet on the ground, young lady. There's a long way to go. Listen to the people around you. Keep the camp small. Two is fine and your mom, that's perfect. You don't need anybody else.

I'm excited. Goodness me. I enjoyed it because I see all these noughts in the distance and they're getting closer. At the end of the day, that's what boxing's all about. It's a great sport but you look at that house on the hill and you say 'I've got six more like this somewhere' - then you know you've been successful.

He'll make you the money - I'm sure of that - because he's a mercenary bastard.

Barry Hearn Katie Taylor dressing room pep talk




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