Katie Taylor documentary to be released this summer

Michael Duffy and Crioa Brady stand alone on Bray seafront listening to the Katie Taylor interview after she was beaten in the Olympics

A documentary charting Katie Taylor’s rise to world boxing champion will hit Irish cinemas this summer.

‘Katie Taylor: The Comeback’ — which is directed by Ross Whitaker, produced by True Films, and distributed by Wildcard — received funding from the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) last year under the Sound & Vision scheme.

The film will tell the story of Katie Taylor’s rise from her heartbreak at the 2016 Rio Olympics to her debut as a professional boxer, all the way to her triumphant winning of the WBA lightweight championship against Anahi Sanchez in Cardiff last October.

The managing director of Wildard — who were awarded the rights to distribute the film in the UK and Ireland — Patrick O’Neill said: “As Wildcard celebrates its fifth birthday, the company is incredibly excited at the prospect of working with the filmmakers and Katie Taylor on the release of Katie Taylor: The Comeback this summer.”

Ross Whitaker — who previously directed ‘Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story’ — said of the project: “Katie might be shy and private but she has that presence that draws the camera and the audience to her.”

The news comes just a few days after the 31-year-old Bray-native became just the third-ever Irish boxer to unify a division by beating Victoria Bustos for the IBF lightweight championship in the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.

Speaking following her victory, Taylor said that her long-term goal was to have all the titles.

“I’m there to fight anyone, any of the champions. I’m lucky to have some great champions in my weight division so there are some great fights out there to be made. I want all the belts by the end of this year for sure,” she told Sky Sports.

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