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'I want to leave a great legacy behind' - Katie Taylor lining up three mega-fights

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Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

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Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor has Amanda Serrano, Delfine Persoon and Cecilia Braekhus on her radar as the Irish fighter looks to leave behind a legacy that will stand the test of time.

The undefeated lightweight world champion has been training in Connecticut in the United States since January for her much anticipated showdown against Amanda Serrano, which was due to take place last weekend. The contest may now go ahead behind closed doors in the UK in late July at the earliest.

Katie insisted that she doesn’t trip a switch once she steps inside the ring to shed her reserved nature and turn into a fighter prepared to do anything to win.

"A lot of people see quietness as a weakness but I see great strength in quietness. I am naturally a quiet person outside the ring. I’m the kind of person that does her talking inside the ring."

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She also rarely knows what song will be played during her ring-walks before world championship bouts.

"Just before the ring walk I am pretty much focussing on what I have to do on the night. I thinking of the hard work and sacrifices I have made throughout the previous few months.

"Sometimes I’m also thinking of what music is going to be played because I never really make that decision about the ring-walk music. I have been surprised lot of times but thankfully they have all been great songs that have got the crowd going."

For Taylor, her career now centres on leaving a great legacy.

"I want to be involved in the biggest fights. Look at the great boxers, Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns. They all fought in their prime and their fights are going to be remembered for generations.

"In one period of his career Muhammad Ali fought Joe Frazier, Ken Norton and George Foreman. They were legendary fights and those boxers have gone down as legends in the sport and that’s the kind of legacy I want to leave."

Taylor’s wish-list of fighters she wants to face hasn’t changed: Amanda Serrano, Cecilia Braekhus and a rematch against Delfine Persoon.

"I want these fights while we are all still in our prime because that’s what makes these mega-fights so special."

The rematch against Persoon who she beat thanks to a controversial majority decision in Madison Square Garden last summer is very important to her.

"Obviously a lot of people had her winning the fight and I definitely need put that to bed. The next time I do fight her I will definitely put on a better performance.

"It was a particularly bad performance I had that night. I got the verdict in a close fight but it could have gone either way. I am looking forward to the rematch," declared the undefeated champion.

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