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Film Review – ‘Katie’. A Look Inside the Life of Boxing Champ, Katie Taylor

“She’s gone five and zero and the biggest thing she’s done has been to call you out”. Katie Taylor’s manager Brian Peters set the undertone of this movie with this comment about a potential opponent for Katie over in America. ‘Katie’ shows how Katie Taylor makes an unlikely dream as a child become reality throughout her glittered and decorated career. A career that has without any doubt put her as the biggest name in women’s boxing.

This movie is more than just about Katie’s career, it shows her character, her faith, her family life, her social life and her relationship’s with her father, her manager and promoter. Her successes and her disappointments. But most importantly, her fight to box. When Katie was growing into the idea of becoming a boxer, female boxing just wasn’t socially accepted. There was no women’s boxing at the Olympics and this didn’t look like it was going to change until Katie came about. Her will to fight brought her the London 2012. Already a three-time world champion and six-time European champion. She made the world pay attention. A fantastic few shots of Bray celebrating her win and her subsequent homecoming.

We all know how Katie’s fractured relationship with her dad led to her demise in amateur boxing, failing to defend her gold in the Rio Olympics. Although the movie doesn’t delve much into what happened, we do get a reason, and Katie’s visibly emotional when talking about it. She knew she couldn’t return to the amateur stage. A Pro career was then on the cards. Big time boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn said: “I got a message from Katie, she wanted to talk about becoming pro.”

A press conference in Dublin, announces that Katie is turning pro. Before this, the film document’s her move to America, where she meets trainer Ross Enimait. Ross admitted to not knowing Katie, which does show the limited coverage women’s boxing is given. However, Ross is taken aback by her determination and her love for boxing.

Pro fights are shown as they happen. Action shots of the boxers landing hits on each other and seeing the drops of sweat being sent flying into the air gives an idea of what it’s like to be punched square in the head. Fight after fight, Katie was furthering herself, becoming a duel title holder winning WBA and IBF belts. Sure she is one of the best female boxer’s in the history of the sport, but what this film paints her as, is not just that. It paints her as a girl following her dreams and fighting for women’s boxing to be more socially accepted. She doesn’t see herself as a female boxer. Katie sees herself as just a boxer.

At the start, one of the best known female boxer’s Jennifer Ogg says, “it was like the changing of the guard when I fought her, I knew she was going to be the best.” Ultimately, if you’re one for your sporting documentaries, this is another excellent example to the collection. A perfect insight into one of Ireland’s most regarded sporting icons. From humble backgrounds in Bray to the world stage in Wembley. ‘Katie’ is a must watch.