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Exclusive: Inside the new gym that could help Olympic champ Katie Taylor regain gold in Rio

Sleek design, shiny equipment and with a sea-view; this is the gym that could help Olympic champion Katie Taylor regain gold in Rio in 2016.

Katie’s coach and father Pete Taylor believes Bray Boxing Club is the best-equipped club in the country since its recent renovations.

“The club is open full-time now,” Pete told independent.ie.

“It’s open from 7am to 9pm now and we have boxers coming in all the time. We are the best-equipped club in the country now.”

Fully-equipped with a training room, gym and shower-rooms, the club has also seen a surge in its female membership.

“We’ve encouraged the girls to join now,” Pete said.

“[Club membership] is about fifty-fifty at the moment with boys and girls. I think even in the country now there’s a huge amount of girls boxing.

“I don’t think Katie has ever boxed an Irish girl, it’s always been international competition but this year there’ll be a few girls challenging her and she’s really looking forward to it.

“Katie has the flu at the moment but she’s in good form and she’s really looking forward to the year ahead.”

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