Katie Taylor is Ireland’s leading female boxer. Taylor is credited with raising the profile of women’s boxing in Ireland, and abroad. She is regarded as the outstanding Irish athlete of her generation.
Taylor qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the first year women’s boxing was included. Huge crowds of spectators gathered in her hometown of Bray to watch the boxer progress on giant screens erected for the occasion.
Taylor’s first fight at the Olympics was against Britain’s Natasha Jonas. Katie Taylor achieved a 26-15 victory moving her to the semi-finals.
In the semi-final Taylor proved her abilities against Tajikistan’s Mavzuna Chorieva and won 17-9.
Taylor defeated Russia’s Sofya Ochigava in the finals, making her the first ever Olympic female lightweight champion.
Taylor turned professional in 2016 and she remains undefeated.