Let's Get Ready To Rumble with Katie Taylor
Tuesday, 27 November 2007
Today we are joined by Irish and European Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor fresh from another knockout victory in Chicago.
Katie is also an accomplished footballer and has represented Ireland at international level. She is an inspiration to any young women managing to juggle boxing, studying (Katie is still in College) and football.
Age: 21 -
Club: St Fergal's Bray
Hometown: Wicklow Ireland
Weight Division: Lightweight (60Kg)
Began Boxing: 1998
Other activities/interests: Ms. Taylor is in college, studying Sports and Leisure. She is also an accomplished soccer player, representing Ireland in international competition. Ms. Taylor is coached by her father, Peter, who was the 1986 Irish light heavyweight champion.
Career Highlights: European Lightweight Champion in 2005, 2006, 2007
World Lightweight Champion in 2006.
June 2006 - In the First European Union Women's Championships in Porto Torres, Sardinia, and Katie lost her quarter-final bout to Gülsüm Tatar of Turkey by a 24-13 margin.
World Title Run: Katie began her run at the world title in 2006 with an excellent showing at the Witch Cup Tournament in Pecs, Hungary She beat them all..
September 2006: At the 2006 European championships in Warsaw, Poland, Katie won her second European Gold medal in a row with a second round stoppage of reigning world champion Tatiana Chalaya of Chechnya.
The win capped a big week for Katie who came through the tougher half of the draw to reach the final. She had qualified for the final with an 18-15 points win over her arch rival and reigning world silver medalist Gülsüm Tatar of Turkey.
2006 November: Katie faced Annabella Farias of Argentina in the 60-kg final; Katie worked behind her trade-mark jab, put textbook combinations together and caught her opponent with occasional big shots to defeat Annabella by a 31-14 margin over the full three rounds.
2007 May: On May 12, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey, in the 60-kg semifinal of the Ahmet Comert tournament, Katie won by RSCO-2 over Cindy Orain of France, setting up another showdown with Gulsum Tatar of Turkey who defeated Marlene Nielsen of Denmark also by RSCO-2.
On May 13, 2007 in Istanbul, Turkey, Gulsum Tatar if Turkey defeated Katie by a 16-13 score to win the 60-kg division of the 2007 Ahmet Comert tournament.
2007 August: In Pecs, Hungary Katie advanced to the semi-finals of the Witch Cup with a victory over Cindy Orain of France. Katie defeated her arch-rival Gulsum Tatar of Turkey by an 11-5 margin to advance to the 60-kg final of the Witch Cup.