Katie Taylor has been honoured by the Boxing Writers Association of America for the second year running.

The Bray boxer has been named 2020 Female Fighter of the Year by the BWAA, which is an organization of professional boxing journalists, becoming the first person to win the four-year-old award in consecutive years.

"It's such an honor to be chosen twice," Taylor told the BWAA website

"To win this award again is amazing. I’m hoping to be fighting in February or March of next year, and we’re not too sure who or where it will be, but I’m excited to be fighting again.

"Going into 2020, I was hoping this would be a good year for me. I was happy to finish off the year fighting my mandatory and I’m delighted to finish my year off strong. I always go into every year trying to make huge strides in the sport."

Thomas Gerbasi, chairman of the BWAA women's seven-person selection committee, said Taylor had ultimately pipped Jessica McCaskill in the selection process.

"It was a tough decision between Katie and Jessica," he said.

"In fairness, the McCaskill-Braekhus fight was very close, while Katie beat Delfine Persoon the second time more convincing than she did the first time, and Delfine has long been on the pound-for-pound list.

"Then, Katie defended all of her titles against undefeated Miriam Gutierrez, who came in highly touted and was among The Ring’s top five lightweights. Katie beat her convincingly. Like I said, it was a tough vote this year, and I think you can also toss Mikaela Mayer and Terri Harper into the mix and say they had strong cases, too.

"It was a nice race, which shows where women's boxing is going these days."

Taylor, who is undisputed lightweight world champion, enjoyed a successful 2020.

She defeated Belgium's Delfine Persoon in a rematch in August, before overcoming Miriam Gutierrez of Spain in a one-sided bout in November.