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World champion Katie Taylor is now looking to win Olympic gold at the London Games

Updated: Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 17:49

Katie Taylor displays her gold medal in China Katie Taylor: "For the last couple of years people have been wishing me well for the Olympics and I have had to tell them that I hadn't qualified yet. It's just a big relief to finally qualify and to be going as the current world champion."
Katie Taylor displays her gold medal in China Katie Taylor: "For the last couple of years people have been wishing me well for the Olympics and I have had to tell them that I hadn't qualified yet. It's just a big relief to finally qualify and to be going as the current world champion."

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Katie Taylor collected her fourth world title in a row in China but the Bray native has already turned her attention to bringing home the Olympic gold medal.

Taylor beat her main rival, Russian Sofya Ochigava, for the gold medal and will now take a week off before turning her attention to the London Games in July.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport's Paul O’Flynn after securing her fourth world championship in a row, Taylor said: "It's unbelievable, this is what I’ve been training for all year.

"To win the world title for the fourth time in a row and qualify for the Olympics is amazing.

"For the last couple of years people have been wishing me well for the Olympics and I have had to tell them that I hadn’t qualified yet.

"And there was so much pressure on me going into this competition and it’s just a big relief to finally qualify and to be going into the Olympics as the current world champion."

GALLERY - KATIE TAKES GOLD

Taylor was made to work hard for her gold medal against the excellent counter-punching Ochigava who had previously beaten the Bray boxer.

Taylor added: “Every fight is a different fight at this level. In the final it was a game of patience as one or two points would make all the difference. She’s a fantastic boxer and congratulations. We have a great rivalry going now.

“We’re great friends outside the ring but inside it’s always such a difficult fight against her. It was so close all the way through. I just had to keep my concentration all the way through.

“I got a couple of points ahead in the third round and then she had to come after me in the final round. She’s a very good counter puncher so it was always going to be difficult for her once she goes a few points down.

“My left hand was key and the few points in the third round really won me the fight.

“It’s an honour to represent my country and to go away hear Amhrán na bhFiann is a great feeling.”

Taylor will now recharge the batteries before joining up with the Ireland team in the build up to the Olympics and is intending to bring back gold from London.

“I have a week off now and then I’m back into training. It’s only seven weeks to the Olympics so it’s going to be a hectic few weeks.

“It’s always been a dream of mine to represent my country at the Games and come home with the gold.

“I just thank God that I’m there now and I’m going to prepare the best I can. I’ll be going to the Olympics in the best shape I’ve ever been in and hopefully if everything goes well I can come home with a gold medal.”