Katie Taylor has revealed how a phone call from Roy Keane helped her during one of the lowest moments of her career.
Cast your mind back to 2016 and Taylor had a weight of expectation on her shoulders going into the Rio Olympics.
With Taylor securing a gold medal at the London 2012 games, the whole country was expecting the Bray native to repeat that feat in Brazil.
However, the split decision loss to the 35-year-old Finn, Mira Potkonen, as controversial as it was, was met with disbelief by the Irish sporting public as Taylor crashed out of the Rio Olympics in her opening bout.
As reported by The Daily Mail, Taylor revealed that a phone call from her hero, Roy Keane, helped her get over the major disappointment.
“When I lost in the Rio Olympics, the first phone call I got was actually from Roy Keane,” Taylor said.
“He said, ‘keep your head up’. He was very, very positive and that really does make my heart so happy.”
“He went out of his way and it meant so much to me that one of my heroes, someone who I really looked up to as a child, gave me a call at the lowest point of my career.”
Earlier this month, Taylor became the undisputed lightweight champion of the world after her win over Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden in New York.