Friday 23 March 2018

Katie Taylor: 'I'm flirting with going pro as I'm not being promoted enough by Irish Boxing'

OLYMPIAN boxer Katie Taylor has said she is “flirting” with going pro as she feels she is not being promoted enough by the Irish Amateur Boxing Association.

She said the IABA was a “hard organisation to work with at times” and she was growing frustrated with what she felt was a “step backwards” in women’s boxing since she won Olympic gold at London 2012.

“I’d love to have a chance to fight in the World Series Boxing for women, but nothing has been done about that,” she said.

She said her father Pete has been doing most of the work in organising fights for her.

Her only competitive outing so far this year was at European Union Amateur Boxing Championships in July, where she took gold for the fifth consecutive year.

However she said the competition was “disappointing” after her experience at the Olympics the year before.

“With the EU Championships it was just a fight in a little tent in front of 100 people, it was really badly organised,” she said.

“For an Olympic medallist to be fighting in front of that kind of crowd, it was just disappointing. It looked like women’s boxing was taking a step backwards.”

By Valerie Loftus

Online Editors

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