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Katie Taylor says Croke Park fight ‘one of the final boxes to tick’ as she recalls Olympic gold 10 years on

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Katie Taylor, Ireland, is declared the winner over Sofya Ochigava, Russia, in their women's light 60kg final contest, as Pete Taylor, her coach and father, and Team Ireland technical coach Zaur Antia celebrate the victory. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Katie Taylor, Ireland, is declared the winner over Sofya Ochigava, Russia, in their women's light 60kg final contest, as Pete Taylor, her coach and father, and Team Ireland technical coach Zaur Antia celebrate the victory. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Katie Taylor, Ireland, is declared the winner over Sofya Ochigava, Russia, in their women's light 60kg final contest, as Pete Taylor, her coach and father, and Team Ireland technical coach Zaur Antia celebrate the victory. London 2012 Olympic Games, Boxing, South Arena 2, ExCeL Arena, Royal Victoria Dock, London, England. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Katie Taylor has admitted she still dreams of a fight in Croke Park.

On the tenth anniversary of her gold medal win at the London Olympics, the Bray fighter expressed her wish to box in a sold-out GAA Headquarters before she hangs up her gloves. She was speaking with Jamie Ward and Scott Hammerton on the new Matchroom Boxing Podcast ‘Flash Knockdown’

“Croke Park is one of the final boxes to tick. It would be an absolute dream to fight in front of 80,000 Irish people,” she said.

"I’ve had 21 fights in my career but never fought in Ireland so it would be an absolutely huge fight.”

Taylor also revealed that she didn’t sleep a wink the night before her Gold medal fight at the London Olympics and has never felt so much pressure before or since.

“I felt the whole weight of the nation on my shoulders. It was an amazing moment when all my childhood dreams came to pass. But the pressure during the entire Olympics was absolutely huge. I felt relief when I won and then joy.

Taylor added that when donned the Olympic shorts and top for the first time for her bronze medal fight against England’s Natasha Jonas she was nearly pinching herself.

She recalled how the decibel level in London’s ExCel centre hit 113.7 – the highest record at any venue during the Games – during that fight and that she was ‘nervous and anxious’ before her gold medal clash against Russian Sofya Ochigava.

“I was fighting in front of 10,000 Irish people. The tickets had been sold out months and months in advance. Everybody in Ireland assumed that I was just going to win. I don’t think I slept a wink the night before.

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She believes coping with the pressure during the London Games gives her an edge in her sell-out fight against Amanda Serrano in Madison Square Garden in April.

“Having got through the Olympic Games in London I believe I could get through anything in life.”

Even though Katie never thought anything would surpass the 2012 Olympic experience beating Serrano in the biggest ever women’s professional fight in history is now ‘definitely the most special moment in my career.’

“Six thousand Irish people Irish people travelled over for the fight and together with the fans from Puerto Rico they created an absolutely incredible atmosphere in the arena. Sometimes we couldn’t even hear the bell ringing sometimes during the fight because the noise was so loud.

“It was been billed the biggest fight in female boxing. I think we definitely surpassed everybody’s expectation about the fight. It was a huge moment for the sport.

“I didn’t expect the fight itself to be that incredible. It definitely felt like a super mega fight and I’m glad that we did it. What it will do for women’s fighters everywhere is so, so special.”

Asked about how she survived the onslaught from Serrano in the fifth round Taylor said that in big fight there is always a possibility of getting hurt.

“This is where all the training comes in. For months and months before that fight I was putting the work in the gym. I was in the trenches every single day in the training camp.

“Then when the tough moments come all the training means you can show the heart and encourage needed. It is not something you can muster in a fight unless you have the training done.”

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Katie Taylor boxing feature.  Katie (14) pictured doing her 'Shadow boxing' training in St Fergals Boxing club,Bray.  Picture;Gerry Mooney

Katie Taylor boxing feature. Katie (14) pictured doing her 'Shadow boxing' training in St Fergals Boxing club,Bray. Picture;Gerry Mooney

Katie Taylor drops to her knees after winning Olympic gold at London 2012

Katie Taylor drops to her knees after winning Olympic gold at London 2012

Katie Taylor with her gold medal after arriving home at Dublin Airport

Katie Taylor with her gold medal after arriving home at Dublin Airport

Katie Taylor on stage in Bray greeting supporters welcoming the Olympic champion home from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Caroline Quinn

Katie Taylor on stage in Bray greeting supporters welcoming the Olympic champion home from the London 2012 Olympic Games. Photograph: Caroline Quinn

Katie Taylor boxing feature.  Katie (14) pictured in her school uniform before training.  Picture;Gerry Mooney

Katie Taylor boxing feature. Katie (14) pictured in her school uniform before training. Picture;Gerry Mooney

E.H. FOR EAMONN SCOTT SPORTS...KATIE TAYLOR THE ONLY GIRL PLAYING IN THE FINALS
OF THE WICKLOW SCHOOLBOYS SHIELD WHO SCORED THE
WINNING GOAL FOR NEWTOWN WHEN THEY BEAT GREYSTONES
3-2 IN THE UNDER  12 PREMIER DIVISION GAME AT KILCOOLE

E.H. FOR EAMONN SCOTT SPORTS...KATIE TAYLOR THE ONLY GIRL PLAYING IN THE FINALS OF THE WICKLOW SCHOOLBOYS SHIELD WHO SCORED THE WINNING GOAL FOR NEWTOWN WHEN THEY BEAT GREYSTONES 3-2 IN THE UNDER 12 PREMIER DIVISION GAME AT KILCOOLE

E.H. FOR EAMON SCOTT HERALD SPORTS...YOUNG BRAY SOCCER STAR KATIE TAYLOR - FOR PAUL
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E.H. FOR EAMON SCOTT HERALD SPORTS...YOUNG BRAY SOCCER STAR KATIE TAYLOR - FOR PAUL DOWLING STORY

Lourdes v Templeogue. Lourdes team picture.  back L_R; Lauren Brady, Katie Taylor, Lyndsey Hennelly, Aine Genockey, Susan Byrne, Maria Hogan.  Front; Fiona Burke, Tammy Long, Nicola Smith, Wendy McGlone, Stacey McGlone.  Picture;Gerry Mooney

Lourdes v Templeogue. Lourdes team picture. back L_R; Lauren Brady, Katie Taylor, Lyndsey Hennelly, Aine Genockey, Susan Byrne, Maria Hogan. Front; Fiona Burke, Tammy Long, Nicola Smith, Wendy McGlone, Stacey McGlone. Picture;Gerry Mooney

E.H. FOR DECLAN CAHILL...BRIGID TAYLOR HELPS HER DAUGHTER KATIE TAYLOR TO PACK UP
HER FOOTBALL GEAR BEFORE HEADING OFF TO TAKE PART
IN A MATCH AT THEIR HOME IN OLDCOURT DRIVE BRAY.

E.H. FOR DECLAN CAHILL...BRIGID TAYLOR HELPS HER DAUGHTER KATIE TAYLOR TO PACK UP HER FOOTBALL GEAR BEFORE HEADING OFF TO TAKE PART IN A MATCH AT THEIR HOME IN OLDCOURT DRIVE BRAY.

18 YEAR OLD KATIE TAYLOR FROM BRAY WHO BOXES IN ST. FERGALS BOXING CLUB, BRAY.
PIC: AIDAN CRAWLEY

18 YEAR OLD KATIE TAYLOR FROM BRAY WHO BOXES IN ST. FERGALS BOXING CLUB, BRAY. PIC: AIDAN CRAWLEY

KATIE TAYLOR (ST FERGALS, BRAY)IN RED SKULL CAP  WHO BEAT ELANNA AUDLEY (SANDYROW, BELFAST)IN BLUE SKULL CAP  AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM LAST NIGHT.
PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS.
31ST OCTOBER 2001

KATIE TAYLOR (ST FERGALS, BRAY)IN RED SKULL CAP WHO BEAT ELANNA AUDLEY (SANDYROW, BELFAST)IN BLUE SKULL CAP AT THE NATIONAL STADIUM LAST NIGHT. PIC STEVE HUMPHREYS. 31ST OCTOBER 2001

Katie Taylor pictured on Bray Strand. 
Pic Frank Mc Grath

Katie Taylor pictured on Bray Strand. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Republic of Ireland v Italy - Women's Euro 2008 Qualifier...30 May 2007; Katie Taylor, Republic of Ireland, in action against Alessia Tuttino, Italy. Women's European Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Italy, Belfield Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Republic of Ireland v Italy - Women's Euro 2008 Qualifier...30 May 2007; Katie Taylor, Republic of Ireland, in action against Alessia Tuttino, Italy. Women's European Championship Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Italy, Belfield Park, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE...ABC

AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships - Wednesday 16th May 2012...16 May 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates with her father and coach Pete Taylor, left, and assistant coach Zaur Anita after a walk over against Mihaela Lacatus, Romania, in their Lightweight 60kg Bout. The result means Katie qualifies for the London 2012 Olympic Games. AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, Qinhuangdao, China. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE  ...4RP

AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships - Wednesday 16th May 2012...16 May 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates with her father and coach Pete Taylor, left, and assistant coach Zaur Anita after a walk over against Mihaela Lacatus, Romania, in their Lightweight 60kg Bout. The result means Katie qualifies for the London 2012 Olympic Games. AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, Qinhuangdao, China. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE ...4RP

2011 European Union Women's Boxing Championships Finals...4 June 2011; Katie Taylor, Ireland, with her father Peter during her 60Kg final against Karolina Graczyk, Poland, which she won convincingly 25-9. European Union Women's Boxing Championships Finals, Katowice, Poland. Picture credit: Katrzyna Plewczynska / SPORTSFILE...ABC

2011 European Union Women's Boxing Championships Finals...4 June 2011; Katie Taylor, Ireland, with her father Peter during her 60Kg final against Karolina Graczyk, Poland, which she won convincingly 25-9. European Union Women's Boxing Championships Finals, Katowice, Poland. Picture credit: Katrzyna Plewczynska / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Salthill Devon v Peamount - FAI Umbro Women's Cup Final...25 July 2010; Peamount United players, Katie Taylor and Aine O'Gorman, celebrate at the end of the game. FAI Umbro Women's Cup Final, Salthill Devon v Peamount, Tolka Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Salthill Devon v Peamount - FAI Umbro Women's Cup Final...25 July 2010; Peamount United players, Katie Taylor and Aine O'Gorman, celebrate at the end of the game. FAI Umbro Women's Cup Final, Salthill Devon v Peamount, Tolka Park, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE...ABC

RTE announce details of its coverage for the 2008 Beijing Olympics...29 July 2008; RTE broadcaster Jimmy Magee, who will be covering his 10th Olympic Games with boxers Bernard Dunne and Katie Taylor, who will be analysts for RTE, at the announcement of RTE's details of its coverage for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. RTE Television, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE...ANI

RTE announce details of its coverage for the 2008 Beijing Olympics...29 July 2008; RTE broadcaster Jimmy Magee, who will be covering his 10th Olympic Games with boxers Bernard Dunne and Katie Taylor, who will be analysts for RTE, at the announcement of RTE's details of its coverage for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. RTE Television, Donnybrook, Dublin. Picture credit: Brendan Moran / SPORTSFILE...ANI

AIBA Women World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010 - Finals...18 September 2010; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates after winning a gold medal following her victory over Cheng Dong, China, during their 60kg Lightweight Final. AIBA Women World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010 - Finals, Garfield Sobers Sports Gymnasium, Bridgetown, Barbados. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE...ABC

AIBA Women World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010 - Finals...18 September 2010; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates after winning a gold medal following her victory over Cheng Dong, China, during their 60kg Lightweight Final. AIBA Women World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010 - Finals, Garfield Sobers Sports Gymnasium, Bridgetown, Barbados. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE...ABC

AIBA Women World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010 - Finals...18 September 2010; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates after winning a gold medal following her victory over Cheng Dong, China, red, during their 60kg Lightweight Final. AIBA Women World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010 - Finals, Garfield Sobers Sports Gymnasium, Bridgetown, Barbados. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE...ABC

AIBA Women World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010 - Finals...18 September 2010; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates after winning a gold medal following her victory over Cheng Dong, China, red, during their 60kg Lightweight Final. AIBA Women World Boxing Championships Barbados 2010 - Finals, Garfield Sobers Sports Gymnasium, Bridgetown, Barbados. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Katie Taylor returns from AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships...20 September 2010; Three time World Women's Boxing Champion Katie Taylor on her return home from the AIBA Women World Boxing Championships, in Barbados, where she retained her 60kg Lightweight division crown. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Katie Taylor returns from AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships...20 September 2010; Three time World Women's Boxing Champion Katie Taylor on her return home from the AIBA Women World Boxing Championships, in Barbados, where she retained her 60kg Lightweight division crown. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture credit: Paul Mohan / SPORTSFILE...ABC

26/1/2011. Boxer Katie Taylor is pictured in Balls...26/1/2011. Boxer Katie Taylor is pictured in Ballsbridge Dublin to mark the official launch of Spirit Radio onto the Irish airwaves. Picture James Horan/Collins Photos

26/1/2011. Boxer Katie Taylor is pictured in Balls...26/1/2011. Boxer Katie Taylor is pictured in Ballsbridge Dublin to mark the official launch of Spirit Radio onto the Irish airwaves. Picture James Horan/Collins Photos

Irish boxer Katif Taylor (R) exchanges p...New Delhi, INDIA:  Irish boxer Katie Taylor (R) exchanges punches with her Argentinian opponent Anabella Farias (L) during their bout in the finals of the 60 Kg weight category at the Fourth World Women Boxing Championship in New Delhi, 23 November 2006. Taylor won the gold in 60 Kg weight category, India won the world championship and Russia were runners up at the Championships which took place in the Indian capital from 18-23 November.    AFP PHOTO/ Manpreet ROMANA  (Photo credit should read MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images)...S

Irish boxer Katif Taylor (R) exchanges p...New Delhi, INDIA: Irish boxer Katie Taylor (R) exchanges punches with her Argentinian opponent Anabella Farias (L) during their bout in the finals of the 60 Kg weight category at the Fourth World Women Boxing Championship in New Delhi, 23 November 2006. Taylor won the gold in 60 Kg weight category, India won the world championship and Russia were runners up at the Championships which took place in the Indian capital from 18-23 November. AFP PHOTO/ Manpreet ROMANA (Photo credit should read MANPREET ROMANA/AFP/Getty Images)...S

Republic of Ireland v Sweden - UEFA Women's European Championship Qualifier...25 June 2008; Katie Taylor, Republic of Ireland, in action against Frida Ostberg, Sweden. UEFA Women's European Championship Qualifier, Group 2, Republic of Ireland v Sweden, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE...ANI

Republic of Ireland v Sweden - UEFA Women's European Championship Qualifier...25 June 2008; Katie Taylor, Republic of Ireland, in action against Frida Ostberg, Sweden. UEFA Women's European Championship Qualifier, Group 2, Republic of Ireland v Sweden, Carlisle Grounds, Bray, Co. Wicklow. Picture credit: Stephen McCarthy / SPORTSFILE...ANI

Boxer Katie Taylor who was awarded the Irish Independent/ Jurys 2007 Young Sport Star of the Year Awards in Croke Park last night.
 Pic Frank Mc Grath

Boxer Katie Taylor who was awarded the Irish Independent/ Jurys 2007 Young Sport Star of the Year Awards in Croke Park last night. Pic Frank Mc Grath

Republic of Ireland v Scotland...6 May 2006; Katie Taylor, Republic of Ireland, in action against Amy McDonald, Scotland. World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Richmond Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray Lohan / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Republic of Ireland v Scotland...6 May 2006; Katie Taylor, Republic of Ireland, in action against Amy McDonald, Scotland. World Cup Qualifier, Republic of Ireland v Scotland, Richmond Park, Dublin. Picture credit; Ray Lohan / SPORTSFILE...ABC

3 December 2006; Katie Taylor, Boxing World Champion, at the Fourth Women's World Championships, wave's to the crowd during half-time at the FAI Carlsberg Senior Challenge Cup Final, Derry City v St Patrick's Athletic, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

3 December 2006; Katie Taylor, Boxing World Champion, at the Fourth Women's World Championships, wave's to the crowd during half-time at the FAI Carlsberg Senior Challenge Cup Final, Derry City v St Patrick's Athletic, Lansdowne Road, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Katie Taylor is presented with a personalised Ireland jersey by members of Stephen Kenny’s team, from left, Shane Duffy, Darren Randolph, James McClean, Seamus Coleman and Jeff Hendrick at their Wembley hotel in London yesterday. While Ireland face England tonight, Taylor will be defending her World titles against Spain’s Miriam Gutierrez at Wembley Arena on Saturday. Photo: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor is presented with a personalised Ireland jersey by members of Stephen Kenny’s team, from left, Shane Duffy, Darren Randolph, James McClean, Seamus Coleman and Jeff Hendrick at their Wembley hotel in London yesterday. While Ireland face England tonight, Taylor will be defending her World titles against Spain’s Miriam Gutierrez at Wembley Arena on Saturday. Photo: Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

THE TRIUMPHANT WORLD CHAMPION FIGHTER KATIE TAYLOR WAVES TO WELLWISHERS FROM AN OPEN-TOP BUS AS HER VICTORY CAVALCADE ENDS IN BRAY TOWN CENTRE. PHOTO JASON COOKE.

THE TRIUMPHANT WORLD CHAMPION FIGHTER KATIE TAYLOR WAVES TO WELLWISHERS FROM AN OPEN-TOP BUS AS HER VICTORY CAVALCADE ENDS IN BRAY TOWN CENTRE. PHOTO JASON COOKE.

25 November 2006; Katie Taylor at Dublin airport arriving home from the Fourth Women's World Championships, where she was crowned World Champion. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / SPORTSFILE

25 November 2006; Katie Taylor at Dublin airport arriving home from the Fourth Women's World Championships, where she was crowned World Champion. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / SPORTSFILE

Irish Independent / Jurys Hotel Ballsbridge Sportstar of the Week Awards Luncheon...***INDO ONLY*** 11 December 2006; Katie Taylor who received the Irish Independent / Jurys Hotel Ballsbridge Sportstar of the Week Award pictured with Glenn Valentine general manager of Jurys Hotel Ballsbridge at an awards luncheon. Jurys Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Declan Masterson / SPORTSFILE...ABC

Irish Independent / Jurys Hotel Ballsbridge Sportstar of the Week Awards Luncheon...***INDO ONLY*** 11 December 2006; Katie Taylor who received the Irish Independent / Jurys Hotel Ballsbridge Sportstar of the Week Award pictured with Glenn Valentine general manager of Jurys Hotel Ballsbridge at an awards luncheon. Jurys Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin. Picture credit: Declan Masterson / SPORTSFILE...ABC

25 November 2006; Katie Taylor is carried by Darren Sutherland, left and Kenny Egan with Gary Keegan, far right at Dublin airport arriving home from the Fourth Women's World Championships, where she was crowned World Champion. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / SPORTSFILE

25 November 2006; Katie Taylor is carried by Darren Sutherland, left and Kenny Egan with Gary Keegan, far right at Dublin airport arriving home from the Fourth Women's World Championships, where she was crowned World Champion. Dublin Airport, Dublin. Picture credit: Ray Lohan / SPORTSFILE

6 February 2005; Katie Taylor is presented with the Women's U-19 player of the year award by from left, Philip Nolan, eircom Chief Executive, and David Blood, Assistant President of the FAI at the 2004 FAI / eircom International Soccer Awards. Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

6 February 2005; Katie Taylor is presented with the Women's U-19 player of the year award by from left, Philip Nolan, eircom Chief Executive, and David Blood, Assistant President of the FAI at the 2004 FAI / eircom International Soccer Awards. Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Picture credit; David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Katie Taylor beat Amanda Serrano in a thriller at Madison Square Garden. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Katie Taylor beat Amanda Serrano in a thriller at Madison Square Garden. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Katie Taylor and her mother Bridget after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Picture by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie Taylor and her mother Bridget after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Picture by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie Taylor with promoter Eddie Hearn after her win against Delfine Persoon at Brentwood in Essex, England

Katie Taylor with promoter Eddie Hearn after her win against Delfine Persoon at Brentwood in Essex, England

The promotional poster for the Katie Taylor Netflix documentary

The promotional poster for the Katie Taylor Netflix documentary

Katie makes her way to the ring to face Natasha Jonas in Manchester

Katie makes her way to the ring to face Natasha Jonas in Manchester

Amy Broadhurst with Katie Taylor pictured at a training session in the US in March

Amy Broadhurst with Katie Taylor pictured at a training session in the US in March

Katie Taylor is at the very top of her game. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor is at the very top of her game. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor, left, in action against Natasha Jonas during their WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO female lightweight title fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor, left, in action against Natasha Jonas during their WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO female lightweight title fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor, left, following her Undisputed Female Lightweight Championship bout victory over Miriam Gutierrez at SSE Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor, left, following her Undisputed Female Lightweight Championship bout victory over Miriam Gutierrez at SSE Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

‘Katie Taylor, the world’s greatest female boxer, captures hearts by the simple expedient of being herself.’ Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

‘Katie Taylor, the world’s greatest female boxer, captures hearts by the simple expedient of being herself.’ Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie Taylor eased to victory over Jennifer Han in Leeds. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Katie Taylor eased to victory over Jennifer Han in Leeds. Image credit: Sportsfile.

Katie Taylor and family following her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA.

Katie Taylor and family following her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA.

14 November 2020; Katie Taylor prior to her Undisputed Female Lightweight Championship bout against Miriam Gutierrez at SSE Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Dave Thompson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

14 November 2020; Katie Taylor prior to her Undisputed Female Lightweight Championship bout against Miriam Gutierrez at SSE Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Dave Thompson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor, left, and Firuza Sharipova

Katie Taylor, left, and Firuza Sharipova

Katie Taylor trains at the Matchtoom Boxing fight hotel in Manchester, England, prior to her lightweight title bout against Natasha Jonas. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor trains at the Matchtoom Boxing fight hotel in Manchester, England, prior to her lightweight title bout against Natasha Jonas. Photo by Mark Robinson / Matchroom Boxing via Sportsfile

Katie Taylor is lifted into the air by her coach Ross Enamait after her undisputed world lightweight championship victory over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie Taylor is lifted into the air by her coach Ross Enamait after her undisputed world lightweight championship victory over Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie Taylor celebrates victory after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie Taylor celebrates victory after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Katie Taylor at her homecoming in Bray in 2019. Photo by: Caroline Quinn

Katie Taylor at her homecoming in Bray in 2019. Photo by: Caroline Quinn

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Katie Taylor boxing feature. Katie (14) pictured doing her 'Shadow boxing' training in St Fergals Boxing club,Bray. Picture;Gerry Mooney

Though disappointed that a mooted rematch against Serrano did not go ahead immediately – it had been provisionally planned for Croke Park next month – she believes the fight will happen sometime next year.

Serrano was due to fight in Madison Square Garden last weekend but the show, which was to have featured her manager Jake Paul, fell through at the last minute. Meanwhile, with an eye on generating headlines Paul offered Taylor $2m dollars to fight Serrano at 126lb.

“I never heard such nonsense in all my life. I’ve never heard someone say something as stupid as that,” laughs Taylor.

“I’m pretty sure he knows that I’m not going to get down to 126. I don’t think I’ve heard of that in boxing, where the champion actually wins, and the opponent says ‘we only want a rematch at a lower weight division. It is real nonsense to be honest.

“I don’t know if he is playing games or its naivety from him, but obviously, any rematch is going to be 135lbs. I’m the champion and if they want to run the fight back that’s the weight division it’s going to be at.”

Taylor confirmed her team had been in talks with MMA mega star Cris Cyborg with to view to a future clash. But no opponent for her next fight which is likely to take place in November/December had been confirmed yet.

“I had only two or three days off after the Serrano fight until I was back in the gym. I am itching to get back in the ring again.”


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