Katie Taylor has improved since her London 2012 success, according to her father and coach Peter.
The Olympic, World and European champion will attempt to capture a record sixth consecutive European title in the tournament set to begin this weekend in Bucharest.
Peter Taylor spoke to RTÉ Sport about his daughter’s recent preparation heading into her upcoming bouts.
“We have improved in the last month with more physical work than what we normally do,” Peter Taylor said.
“She’s lifting a lot heavier weights, and hopefully it’ll come to fruition through this tournament.”
Peter Taylor noted that Katie’s speed, which he called her “greatest asset”, had improved since her gold medal performance in the 2012 London Games.
“I think she’s improved since the Olympic Games, by four or five percent, which is huge at this level.”
"I think they were shocked that a girl can do what she did" - Peter Taylor on Katie's recent sparring opponents
During a recent training session in Germany, Katie Taylor sparred with French and Korean male number ones, and Peter Taylor was pleased with his daughter’s performances.
“She did great against them, and I was really pleased with the spars. I think they were shocked that a girl can do what she did,” he said.
These sessions, along with three fights that took place over three days in Cork and Waterford last month, have helped the Taylors hone in on areas which need more attention.
“[They mean] we know for the last three or four weeks what to work on and what we’re not doing right, and we’ll improve a little bit technically,” Peter Taylor said.
Despite the added pressure that her success brings, Peter Taylor was confident that his daughter will continue to excel.
“She loves being number one in the world... She’s really looking forward to boxing. She can’t wait to get in the ring.”