Katie Taylor’s opening 18 months in the sport couldn’t have gone better. From winning a maiden world title at the Principality Stadium to headlining her first event at the York Hall, the Irish star has become an inspiration to millions.
She is now preparing to unify the division as she goes to battle with IBF holder Victoria Noelia Bustos in Brooklyn next month.
Another woman who has become an integral part of Sky Sports Boxing is Anna Woolhouse. The presenter admitted she was delighted to witness Taylor achieve world glory in Cardiff and praised the current crop of females athletes.
She exclusively told World Boxing News: “From a personal point of view, seeing Katie win a world title was one of my highlights, she’s a special fighter and there’s so much more to come from her.
“It’s great time to be involved in boxing. Women in boxing are doing really well, we have the likes of Taylor, Nicola Adams and Natasha Jonas who are flying the flag for women. I really like my fitness and boxing, so they inspire me – I love being around them.”
Woolhouse was also present to watch Anthony Joshua dethrone Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium.
Reflecting on the magnitude of the bout, the anchor-woman identified the heavyweight showdown as another night she’ll never forget.
“Joshua and Klitschko at Wembley was a favourite of my career. The fight, the occasion, the venue, I’ve said this on many times, it was getting a little dusky and I looked up and the atmosphere was just amazing, I got goose bumps. The fight lived up to its expectations and more.”
Woolhouse left Leeds University with a post-graduate degree in broadcast journalism and made her breakthrough at Sky whilst covering the weekly ice hockey show for two seasons before progressing onto Sky Sports News.
When quizzed upon the industry’s perception of women, the captivating host revealed she’s never experienced any sexism or prejudice.
“I get asked this question a lot, do I feel like a woman working in a man’s world? No, I don’t. I feel that I am just doing my job but I’m a woman who’s doing my job. I don’t feel like there’s any issue really, no.
“Everyone has welcomed me with open arms at Sky. The more women in sport the better but it shouldn’t be like, ‘oh there’s a woman working in sport because she’s a woman,’ it should be about her being good at her job and letting her go and do it.
“We talk about women in sport, but we have some amazing women working in the team behind the scenes as well,” she added.
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Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95