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Katie Taylor: 60kg - lightweight

Updated: Tuesday, 17 Jul 2012 17:12

Katie Taylor: 60kg - lightweight
Katie Taylor: 60kg - lightweight

Katie Taylor (26) and has represented Ireland in both boxing and soccer.

She is four-time world amateur champion, five-time European amateur champion and four-time European Union amateur champion.

Taylor started boxing - coached by her father Pete, himself a successful amateur boxer - in 1998, at 12-years-old.

Her first noteworthy success was at the 2005 European Amateur Championships, in Tønsberg, Norway.

She won the gold medal, defeating Eva Wahlström of Finland in the final of the 60kg lightweight class.

Later that year, at the World Amateur Championships in Podolsk, Russia, Taylor advanced to the quarter-finals in the 60 kg weight class.

At the 2006 European Amateur Championships in Warsaw, Poland, Taylor won her second successive gold medal by stopping reigning world champion Tatiana Chalaya of Russia, also collecting the tournament's Best Boxer award.

At that year's World Amateur Championships, contested in New Delhi, India, Taylor became Ireland's first female world champion, defeating Chalaya again in the semi-finals and then Annabella Farias of Argentina in the 60kg final.

In 2007, Taylor won her third successive European Championship title in Denmark.

In August 2008, she claimed her second consecutive Witch Cup gold medal in Hungary, following an inside-the-distance win in the 60kg final against Wahlström.

Katie went on to claim her second world title at the 2008 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, contested in November at Ningbo, China.

In the 60kg weight class, she defeated China's Cheng Dong in the final match which was her 100th bout.

On 21 March 2009 at the The O2, Dublin, Taylor defeated three-time Pan-American champion Caroline Barry of the United States 27-3 on the undercard of a professional WBA super-bantamweight world title fight between Bernard Dunne of Ireland and Ricardo Cordoba of Panama.

Taylor won gold at the Russian Multi-Nations event at the Yubileyny Sports Palace, St Petersburg, in July 2009, chalking up her 39th consecutive victory – and her 60th win in her last 61 bouts.

She also went on to win her fourth successive European Championship title in September 2009 in Ukraine without conceding a point.

She picked up another gold medal at the 2010 European Union Championships in Hungary.

On 18 September 2010, Taylor went on to claim her third successive world title at the 2010 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship in Barbados.

In the 60kg weight class, she again defeated China's Cheng Dong in the final match. This was Taylor's 100th career win.

Taylor won her second International Boxing Association (AIBA) World Female Boxer of the Year Award at a ceremony in Almaty, Kazakhstan in November 2010.

She won a gold medal at the EU Women's Boxing Championships in Katowice, Poland in 2011.

On 19 May 2012, Taylor won her fourth successive world title at the 2012 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship, in Qinhuangdao, China.

In the 60kg weight class, she defeated Russian southpaw Sofya Ochigava.

First in action on 5 August in the round of 16. Session starts at 1.30pm.

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
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