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Golden girl of Irish sport

Published 16/08/2016 | 02:30

Katie Taylor holding up her gold medal on her return from the 2015 Baku European Games Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Katie Taylor holding up her gold medal on her return from the 2015 Baku European Games Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

Bray native Katie Taylor has a string of honours to her name and was the world number one female lightweight for more than a third of her lifetime.

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Taylor (30) began boxing at the age of 11, coached by her father Peter.

She was aged just 15 when she won her first official fight, against Belfast's Alanna Audley, one year her senior.

When she was 20, Taylor beat Argentina's Erica Anabella Farias at the final of the 2006 World Championships and had not lost at any level from then until this summer. Her first big win came in the previous year at the 2005 European Amateur Championships in Tosberg, Norway. Later that year, she went on to the World Amateur Championships in Podolsk, Russia, where she was knocked out in the quarter finals.

After that loss, she went on to win five world championships, as well as successive European championships.

In the 2012 London Olympics, she took home the gold, the first year for women's boxing at the games.

Taylor's first major defeat in more than a decade came in April, when she was beaten by Azerbaijan's Yana Alekseevna in the semis of the European Olympic qualifiers.

In May, she lost to Estelle Mossely in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Champion-ship - ending her hopes of six in a row.

Irish Independent

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