Saturday 16 December 2017

Taylor won't turn pro if she gets equal opportunities

Katie Taylor: wants to compete in WBC
Katie Taylor: wants to compete in WBC

Bernard O'Neill

KATIE TAYLOR will not turn pro if she gets the opportunity to compete in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) or AIBA Pro Boxing (APB), according to her coach and dad Pete Taylor.

The International Boxing Association (AIBA) said yesterday that they were taking Taylor's recent comments about lack of opportunities for female boxers and the WSB into consideration.

The AIBA statement acknowledged Taylor, who is their ambassador for women's boxing worldwide, as one of the most successful boxers, male or female, of all time. It said they were pleased that the reigning Olympic, World, European, EU and Irish lightweight champion wants to compete in the World Series of Boxing (WSB) but said female versions of the competitions were a longer-term goal.

WSB boxers fight for teams throughout Asia, the Americas and Europe and are paid salaries and bonuses for wins. Boxers fight without headgear and to pro rules.

The WSB was introduced in 2010 for men, but so far no provisions have been made for women. AIBA Professional Boxing (APB) will be launched early next year, for men only.

The AIBA statement said: "We are pleased that she (Taylor) wants to be a part of such an exciting new team event and that she recognises the great career opportunity the WSB represents for boxers.

"We are certainly considering a women's WSB for the future but for a range of technical and organisational reasons, it is unfortunately not foreseen for the time being."

Pete Taylor said that female boxing just wanted to be treated equally.

"All Katie wants is the same opportunity as men, the same opportunities to further her career and to be treated equally and to have new challenges," he said.

"That is what all women boxers want. If Katie gets the opportunity to fight in the WSB or APB she will not turn professional."

Irish Independent

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