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Katie’s still keen on Rio

KATIE Taylor’s ambition is to stay amateur and continue to Rio but admits that the negotiations surrounding her Irish Sports Council grant will be "crucial" in her decision.

With lucrative offers flying in from both sides of the Atlantic to enter the professional game and her global status confirmed, it will be up to the sports council to produce the funding for arguably our greatest ever Olympian.

“I’d love to stay amateur and go for Rio in four years’ time. The only thing I haven’t done in amateur boxing is to defend my Olympic title. And that’s something I would love to do,” she admits.

“At the same time I have been offered some very nice contracts in the professional game.

“That would be a new challenge but we’ll wait and see what happens over the next few weeks.

“A few in the States, a few in Germany and a few over in England as well. I love amateur boxing and the Olympics.

“I have the motivation of going on as an amateur boxer.

“We’re kind of looking into the different boxers around and the fights available out there for me (in the pro game) and that’s something I’ll have to look into if I do decide to go down that route.

“I haven’t sorted any contracts out and that is going to be crucial for me in |staying amateur. I want my future secure.

“My dad has been talking with the Sports Council and the AIBA over the past few weeks and we’re supposed to be signing a contract very soon.”

If she does stay amateur for Rio 2016 she would still only be 30 years of age and relatively young in the professional game.

“It’s definitely something to think about. I think my dad wants me to retire now. I think if he hears I want to defend my Olympic title and then turn pro he’ll have a nervous breakdown,” she joked.

After realising her Olympic dream, the 26-year-old just wants to return to her sporting routine. “I had a few weeks off after I came home and I went away for three weeks with my family to Alicante,” she added. “Since I came back it’s been fairly hectic. I’m back training and doing a few other bits and pieces. I’m looking forward to getting back to some peace and quiet if there is such a thing.”

She’s definitely an athlete looking to |the future but incredibly she can’t bring herself to watch a repeat of the Sofya Ochigava fight that won her gold.

“I’ve watched a few little clips and the lads crying in the (RTé) commentary. Maybe I’ll watch it at some stage,” she said.

There had been rumours that Taylor could be about to resurrect her football career but these were quickly dismissed. “I watched a few club games at Peamount but the thoughts of running around for 90 minutes I wouldn’t fancy. I haven’t got the concentration for it,” she said.


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