Ireland's Katie Taylor has been named the AIBA Boxer of the Month for June after her gold medal winning exploits at the European Games in Baku.
Taylor's tournament victory saw her clinch her 18th gold medal at a major championships.
It wasn't all plain sailing and she was made to work in a number of her bouts, the Bray brawler illustrated her battling spirit as well as her supreme skill to take the top honour.
AIBA President Dr Ching-Kuo Wu said: “I would like to congratulate Katie on becoming the AIBA Athlete of the Month of June, and on her recent gold medal victory in the Baku 2015 European Games.
"Katie is a true ambassador of women’s boxing and with this award she now sits next to the greatest names in boxing. Her performance and sporting excellence play a fundamental part in further development of our sport and I’m looking forward to seeing her participate in the upcoming competitions”.
Par Hickey, President of both the Olympic Council of Ireland, and the European Olympic Committees (EOC), had the pleasure of presenting Taylor with her gold medal.
“I would like to congratulate Katie on becoming the AIBA Boxer of the Month, and to thank the International Boxing Association on ensuring the further development of women’s boxing," he said.
"Boxing is one of the key sports in Europe and we witnessed some really high quality performances in Baku 2015 European Games. I am looking forward to seeing Katie become one of the greatest boxers in the history of this sport."
Speaking after her success at the weekend, Taylor said: “My main goal is to defend my Olympic title and I think every competition is getting tougher. Because I am the Champion, my opponents always want to raise their game against me, so I have to continue to improve. I do get hungrier for medals, and it is great to add this European Games gold to my list.
“There are a lot of fighters coming up that want to take my place, and I think some people at home think I just stroll through these competitions, but every fight is a hard battle and not so easy to win.
“I just have a great team of people behind me, and my family too. My mother was here in Baku, she was praying for me in the stadium which strengthens me. I think when you are so consistent, you have stand up and take notice.
“I have said before I do not think people recognise the consistency enough. Sonia O’Sullivan has always been my hero and I still rate her as the greatest Irish athlete, and I want to go down in the history books as the greatest woman boxer of all time,” said Taylor after the Baku 2015 European Games."
Michael O'Reilly's gold medal in the European Games is the ultimate sporting tale of the unexpected. No-one expected him to win the middleweight division before the competition. No-one expected a boxer from Azerbaijan to be beaten in a final in their home stadium. And no-one expected anyone other than Katie Taylor to give the defining Irish performance at the championships.