Katie Taylor's dad attends Belfast boxing fight a month after gym shooting

Pete Taylor with his partner Karen Brown at Saturday's fight night at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Picture by Colm Lenaghan, Picture by Pacemaker

THE father of Irish Olympic boxer Katie Taylor has made one of his first public appearances since being injured in a shooting last month.

Pete Taylor (57) attended the fight between west Belfast boxer Michale Conlan and Brazilian Adeilson Dos Santos at the SSE Arena in Belfast on Saturday evening.

Mr Taylor was with his partner Karen Brown.

He was shot during an early morning attach at the Bray Boxing Club in Co Wicklow he owns on June 5 where he was training fighters.

One man Bobby Messett (50) died in the attack, while another was injured.

It is understood Mr Messett, fell victim because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, and was struck when he looked out to see what was going on.

He was among 20 people taking part in a 7am fitness session when the killer struck.

The Saturday night Conlan fight included on its undercard a young boxer, Gary Cully, who trains at Mr Taylor's gym.

Following Cully's victory Mr Taylor's gym posted a tribute to Mr Messett on social media.

They wrote: "Massive heart and respect for Bobby Messett by Gary Cully.

"Tonight's win was for you our forever friend, you’ll always be ringside with us in our hearts and minds".


Meanwhile, BT has apologised after showing Conlan fighting under the British flag.

The rundown for the fight showed Conlan, who won bronze for Ireland at the London 2012 Olympics as fighting out of Britain.

Following the incident a BT spokesperson acknowledged the error.

"Due to an error, the incorrect flag was briefly shown alongside Michael Conlan on screen last night. We apologise for the mistake," the spokesperson said.

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