Katie Taylor’s Journey From Ireland to the Best Women’s Fighter Alive

Boxing gyms, renowned for their simplicity, often double as shrines to the elite. In Las Vegas, banners for The Money Team hang under a wall of fight posters at the Mayweather Boxing Club, an unsubtle acknowledgment of Floyd Mayweather’s achievements. The Wild Card officially belongs to Freddie Roach, but even the Hall of Fame trainer will concede that it’s the House That Manny Pacquiao Built, with pictures of a triumphant Pacquiao wallpapering Roach’s Hollywood club.

Katie Taylor is the biggest name in women’s boxing, the undisputed champion at 135 pounds, no. 1 pound-for-pound, a box office draw from New York to London. She trains in a nondescript brick building in central Connecticut, beneath a wall-sized mural of “Marvelous” Mykquan Williams, a fringe 140-pound prospect, and opposite a sign inviting fans to a meet-and-greet with even fringier former featherweight Matt Remillard. Evidence of Taylor’s presence is nonexistent. “It would be nice to have one picture,” says Taylor, laughing. “But I’m happy here.”

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