Katie Taylor

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Katie Taylor
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Taylor at the 2012 Olympics
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Nickname(s)
  • KT
  • The Bray Bomber
  • Simply the Best
Weight(s)
Height5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Reach65 in (165 cm)
NationalityIrish
Born (1986-07-02) 2 July 1986 (age 35)
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights19
Wins19
Wins by KO6
Losses0

Katie Taylor (born 2 July 1986) is an Irish professional boxer and former footballer. She is a two-weight world champion and the current undisputed lightweight champion, having held the WBA title since 2017; the IBF title since 2018; and the WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine titles since 2019, as well as having held the WBO junior-welterweight title in 2019. Following her victory over Delfine Persoon in 2019, she became one of only eight boxers in history (female or male) to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO—simultaneously. Her first victory over Persoon in 2019, also gained her recognition as the inaugural lightweight lineal champion. [1]

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In her amateur boxing career, Taylor won five consecutive gold medals at the Women's World Championships, gold six times at the European Championships, and gold five times at the European Union Championships. Hugely popular in Ireland, she is credited with raising the profile of women's boxing at home and abroad. Regarded as the outstanding Irish athlete of her generation, [2] she was the flag bearer for Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony before going on to win an Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division. [3]

Taylor turned professional in 2016 under Matchroom Boxing. As of November 2020, Taylor is ranked as the world's best active female lightweight by Lineal Boxing Champion [1] and BoxRec, [4] the best active female, pound-for-pound, by The Ring [5] and BoxRec, [6] and the second best pound for pound boxer in the world by Lineal Boxing Champion. [1] She is known for her fast-paced, aggressive boxing style. [7]

Early life

Taylor was born on 2 July 1986 in Bray, County Wicklow, [8] the daughter of Irish mother Bridget (née Cranley) and British father Peter Taylor. [9] She has an older sister named Sarah and two older brothers named Lee and Peter, the latter of whom is a mathematics professor at Dublin City University. Her father, who was born near Leeds and grew up in Birmingham, [10] first visited Bray to work with his father in the amusement arcades on the seafront. After meeting and marrying Bridget, he decided to settle in Bray. In 1986, he became an Irish senior light heavyweight champion boxer. Originally an electrician by trade, he eventually became Taylor's full-time boxing coach. He also coached Adam Nolan who, like Taylor, represented Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Bridget also developed an interest in boxing and became one of the earliest female referees and judges in Ireland.

Between 1999 and 2005, Taylor attended St. Kilian's Community School in Bray. Her three older siblings all attended the same school. As well as boxing and playing association football at school, she also played ladies' Gaelic football and camogie with her local GAA clubs, Bray Emmets and Fergal Ógs. She was a member of Bray Runners, a local athletics club, and several American colleges reportedly offered her sports scholarships while she was still studying at St Killian's. However, she opted instead to attend University College Dublin. UCD known for sports scholarships,[ citation needed ] Taylor qualified via her Leaving Cert results. As her sporting career began to take off, she chose not to complete her studies at UCD. [11] [12]

Amateur boxing career

Taylor first began boxing in 1998, aged 12. Her father coached her and her two older brothers, Lee and Peter, at St Fergal's Boxing Club, which operated out of a former boathouse in Bray. At 15, she fought the first officially sanctioned female boxing match in Ireland at the National Stadium and defeated Alanna Audley from Belfast. [11] [13]

List of title fights

2005 | European Amateur Boxing Championship

Taylor's 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 60 kg lightweight class.

2005 | AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship

Later in 2005, at the World Amateur Championships in Podolsk, Russia, Taylor advanced to the quarter-finals in the 60 kg weight class. Here she lost against Kang Kum-Hui, who remains the only boxer to have defeated Taylor at the World Championships.

2006 | European Amateur Boxing Championship

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.

2006 | AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship

At the 2006 World Women's Boxing Championship, contested in New Delhi, India, Taylor became Ireland's first World Champion, defeating Chalaya again in the semi-final and then Erica Farias of Argentina in the 60 kg final.

2007 | European Amateur Boxing Championship

In 2007, she won her third successive European Championship title in Denmark. [14]

2008 | Women's European Union Amateur Boxing Championships

2008 saw Taylor win her first European Union gold medal, contested in August in Liverpool, England. Here she defeated Cindy Orain of France.

2008 | AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship

Taylor 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 60 kg weight class, she defeated China's Cheng Dong in the final match which was her 100th bout. [15]

2009 | Entering the Public Eye

On 21 March 2009 at The Dublin O2, Taylor won a 27–3 win over three-time Pan-American champion Caroline Barry of the United States on the undercard of a pro WBA super bantamweight world title fight between Bernard Dunne of Ireland and Ricardo Cordoba of Panama. Speaking after the fight, Taylor, who had stopped Barry in the final of the 2006 World Championships in New Delhi, said she was stunned by the welcome she received from Irish boxing fans. She said: "I couldn't believe the reception I got – it was an amazing experience for me. I knew it was going to be a tough fight and well done to her for never backing off."

2009 | Women's European Union Amateur Boxing Championships

Taylor defended her European Union title in 2009. She beat home favourite, Bulgaria's Denitsa Elisayeva, in the July tournament hosted in Pazardzhik.

2010 | AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship

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 60 kg weight class, she again defeated China's Cheng Dong in the final match. [16] This was Taylor's 100th career win.

2011 | EU Women Boxing Championships

Taylor won the gold medal at the EU Women Boxing Championships in Katowice, Poland in 2011. [17] [18]

2012 | AIBA Women's World Boxing Championship

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 60 kg weight class, she defeated Russian southpaw Sofya Ochigava. [19]

2012 | Summer Olympics
Taylor (in red) vs. Chorieva at the 2012 Olympic semi-finals Katie Taylor 2012 (2).jpg
Taylor (in red) vs. Chorieva at the 2012 Olympic semi-finals

Taylor qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the first time women's boxing had been considered for inclusion. Crowds gathered on the streets of her hometown Bray to watch her progress on giant screens erected especially for the occasion. [20] Coddle released a single called "Katie Taylor Ireland's Boxing Legend". [21] The song reaches number 42 in the Irish Charts.

Taylor's first appearance at the 2012 Summer Olympics came on 6 August, after a first round bye. She achieved an impressive 26–15 victory (R1: 5–2, R2: 5–5, R3: 9–4, R4: 7–4) over Great Britain's Natasha Jonas, booking her place in the semi final and guaranteeing her, at least, an Olympic bronze medal. [22] [23] Fans of Taylor produced record noise levels at the Olympics. [24]

In the semi-final on 8 August 2012, she proved far too good for Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva and won in a 17–9 victory (R1: 3–1, R2: 4–2, R3: 6–3, R4: 4–3), booking her place in the final and guaranteeing her, at least, an Olympic silver medal. [25] [26]

Taylor defeated Russia's Sofya Ochigava in the final bout by 10–8 (R1: 2–2, R2: 1–2, R3: 4–1, R4: 3–3) on 9 August 2012, winning an Olympic gold medal, and becoming the first ever Olympic female lightweight champion. [27] [28]

On her return to Dublin with the rest of the Olympic squad she got into the cockpit of the plane and leaned out the window waving an Irish flag. [29]

2014 | AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

On 24 November 2014, Taylor won her fifth straight lightweight title in South Korea at the 2014 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, defeating Yana Allekseevna of Azerbaijan. [30] [31] The final scoreline was 40–36, 39–37, and 39–37 in her favour. [32]

2015 | European Games

On 27 June 2015, Taylor won the lightweight title in Azerbaijan at the inaugural European Games, defeating Estelle Mosely of France. [33] The final scoreline was 40–36, 40–36, and 39–37 in her favour. [33]

2016 | AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships

On 24 May 2016, Taylor qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics after defeating Victoria Torres in the quarter-finals of the lightweight division at the 2016 AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships. [34] Two days later, Taylor lost to Estelle Mossely in the semi-finals which ended her quest for a sixth World title in a row. [35]

2016 | Summer Olympics

On 15 August 2016, Taylor lost 2–1 in the quarter-finals to Mira Potkonen of Finland and did not advance. [36] [37]

Professional boxing career

Taylor made her professional debut on 26 November 2016, scoring a third-round technical knockout (TKO) at the Wembley Arena in London. [38]

In her second professional bout she faced Viviane Obenaufon on 10 December 2016 at the Manchester Arena, Manchester. The fight was televised live on Sky Sports Box Office as part of the undercard for the Anthony Joshua vs. Éric Molina heavyweight world title fight. In a bout which saw Taylor score a knockdown in the second round after Obenauf appeared to slip, and the latter suffer a cut to her left eye following an apparent clash of heads, Taylor won by a shutout six-round points decision (PTS) with the referee scoring the bout 60–53. [39]

She scored two more wins in March 2017—against Monica Gentili via fifth-round TKO [40] and Milena Koliva via PTS over eight rounds [41] —before facing Nina Meinke for the vacant WBA International female lightweight title [42] on 29 April 2017 at the Wembley Stadium. The bout served as a final eliminator for the WBA female lightweight title [43] and was televised live on Sky Sports Box Office as part of the undercard for the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko world title fight. [44] Taylor controlled the contest from the opening bell with her speed and combination punches. Meinke suffered a cut in the fifth round from an accidental clash of heads. With a badly swollen right eye, and after being on the receiving end of a flurry of punches, referee Howard Foster called a halt to the contest in the seventh round to save Meinke from further punishment, handing Taylor a TKO victory. [45]

WBA lightweight champion

Taylor vs. Anahí Sánchez, Jessica McCaskill

Following a third-round stoppage victory via corner retirement (RTD) against Jasmine Clarkson in July, [46] Taylor faced former two-weight world champion Anahí Ester Sánchez for the vacant WBA female lightweight title on 28 October 2017 at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. Sánchez was set to defend the title on the night, however, she failed to make weight for the fight and was subsequently stripped by the WBA, with the title on the line for Taylor only. The bout was televised live on Sky Sports Box Office as part of the undercard for Anthony Joshua vs. Carlos Takam. After controlling the first round with her speed and power, Taylor dropped the former champion to the canvas with a body shot in the second. Sánchez was hurt again in the next round after a right hand from Taylor caused her to stagger. Sánchez had some success in the fifth, landing right hands to force Taylor onto the back foot. Taylor regained control for the rest of the fight to secure a wide unanimous decision (UD) victory, with all three judges scoring the bout 99–90 to hand Taylor her first world title. [47]

The first defence of her title came against future undisputed female welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill on 13 December at the York Hall in London. After a closely contested first round, Taylor went down to the canvas in the second in what was ruled as a slip. Taylor began to take control with her speed and power before McCaskill found success and hurt the champion in the sixth round. Taylor received a point deduction in the seventh for excessive holding, before keeping McCaskill at a distance and fighting at range for the next three rounds to secure a UD victory. One judge scored the bout 98–91 and the other two scored it 97–92. [48]

Unified champion

Taylor vs. Victoria Bustos

Her next fight was a unification bout against reigning IBF female lightweight champion Victoria Bustos on 28 April 2018 at the Barclays Center in New York City. Taylor controlled the majority of the fight with her speed from a distance, only encountering difficulty in rounds seven and eight after engaging Bustos at close range. Taylor secured the win with a wide UD to add the IBF title to her growing collection, with two judges scoring the bout 99–91 and the third scoring it 98–92. [49]

She made three successful defences of the her titles in 2018; defeating Kimberly Connor via third-round TKO in July; [50] former WBO female featherweight champion Cindy Serrano by UD in October; [51] and former WBC female super-featherweight champion Eva Wahlström in December. [52]

Taylor vs. Rose Volante

Taylor's first fight of 2019 was another unification bout, facing WBO female lightweight champion Rose Volante on 15 March at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Taylor started the fight strong, using her combination punching and movement to take control, dropping Volante to the canvas with a right hand in the opening round. The second round saw Taylor stay behind the jab, keeping her opponent at range as Volante attempted to close the distance and fight at close quarters. Volante switched tactics in the third round, staying in the centre of the ring and waiting for Taylor to press the action. Taylor obliged, but the Irish champion's footwork allowed her to get in-and-out before Volante could land any meaningful punches. After much of the same in the fourth, Taylor began to pile on the pressure in the fifth, switching her attacks from head to body to find an opening with a powerful body shot to hurt Volante. Round six saw Taylor pierce the guard of Volante with straight punches, leaving her opponent with a bloodied nose. Volante had moments of success in the seventh round with heavy punches to the body of Taylor, before the Irish woman resumed her attacks to regain control. Taylor continued her success in the eighth, landing an overhand right followed by a rapid six-punch combination. After Volante was on the receiving end of a flurry of punches, and with a cut over her nose which appeared to be the result of a clash of heads, referee Benjy Esteves stepped in and called a halt to the contest to hand Taylor a ninth-round TKO victory and her third world title. [53]

In the post-fight interview, Taylor declared her intentions of becoming the undisputed female lightweight champion, saying; "Now we can start talking about that fight, Persoon. That name's been coming up over the last two years. I've got the three belts, she's got the WBC belt, so we have to get that fight on next." [54]

Undisputed champion

Taylor vs. Delfine Persoon I

In December 2018, Irish journalist Evanne Ní Chuilinn stated that Taylor accused Delfine Persoon of turning down a "life-changing" amount of money to fight her. [55] Later Persoon claimed to have offered $100,000 to Taylor for a fight. [56] Taylor's manager stated that Taylor wouldn't even get out of bed for this sum. [57] On 15 April 2019, Taylor and Persoon agreed to a lightweight title unification bout, to take place on 1 June at Madison Square Garden as undercard for the Anthony Joshua vs. Andy Ruiz Jr. heavyweight title fight. [58] In addition to all four sanctioning body's titles being on the line, The Ring magazine belt was also at stake. [59]

Persoon's management labelled Taylor's team "totally disrespectful" and claimed "psychological warfare" after a series of demands late in the fight week. This included a claim of forcing Persoon to switch hotels on the grounds that Taylor was staying in the same hotel, and demands for an additional blood test and to prove Persoon has exercise asthma. [60] [61] [62] Taylor's team denied expelling Persoon's team from the hotel, but claimed that there was a clause in the contract allowing them to do so which Persoon's manager should have been aware of. [62] Although, in a different interview Taylor's team stated it was not done by them, but by the organizers and that they had no idea about this forced move out of the hotel. [63] Taylor's team accused Persoon's manager of purposefully attempting to stir controversy by booking his fighter into the hotel Taylor was staying at.[ citation needed ]

From the opening bell Taylor came under relentless pressure from Persoon, forcing the Irish champion to fight off the back foot and rely on counter punching. After having success in the first round, Taylor began to have difficulties with Persoon's pressure in the second and third, with the Belgian champion employing roughhouse tactics in the clinch. Taylor suffered a cut to her forehead in the fourth round. In the fifth, with Taylor ahead on all three judges' scorecards, [64] she spent the majority of the round with her back against the ropes, still engaging with Persoon and having success. Taylor found more success in the sixth, scoring with counter punches while making Persoon miss as the Belgian began to tire. The tables turned in the eighth as Taylor also looked to be tiring, with the highlight of the round being a solid right hand from Persoon to stop Taylor in her tracks. The Irish champion rallied back in the ninth to land her trademark rapid-fire combinations. The tenth and final round was a back-and-forth affair as both fighters traded punches to try and close the show as the stronger fighter. After the final bell rang Taylor secured the win via majority decision (MD), with two judges scoring the bout in favour of Taylor at 96–94 while the third judge scored it a draw at 95–95, crowning Taylor the first undisputed female lightweight champion. According to CompuBox stats, Taylor landed 103 of 410 (25.1%) punches, while Persoon landed 116 of 586 (19.8%). [65]

Controversy ensued regarding the decision, with some ringside media outlets and boxers feeling Persoon did enough to get the win. Former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton said, "In my opinion, the judges have got it wrong", and described the decision as "disgraceful". Former two-weight world champion David Haye said, "That is not the sight you want to see where someone has given everything in the gym but they do not get the decision because of the political power. Delfine Persoon is going to be heartbroken by that." [66] ESPN's unofficial scorecard also had Persoon winning by a small margin. [67] DAZN commentator Brian Kenny also thought Persoon had won, but explained that the fight was close and did not dispute the judges' decision. Michael Woods, writing for The Ring magazine, argued the decision "was no robbery". [68]

WBO junior-welterweight champion

Taylor vs. Christina Linardatou

For her next fight Taylor elected to move up in weight, facing WBO female junior-welterweight champion Christina Linardatou on 2 November 2019 at the Manchester Arena. The champion started the fight as the aggressor, forcing Taylor to fight off the back foot. The Irish challenger found success at the end of the round with two solid right hands as the bell rang. Taylor started to find her rhythm in the second round, scoring punches while using her fast footwork to make her opponent miss. The third round saw more of the same with Taylor staying behind the jab and landing left hooks. Linardatou found success in the fourth and fifth rounds, landing multiple right hands and leaving Taylor with swelling above her right eye. Taylor began regaining control in the sixth, using her footwork and landing her signature rapid combinations. Round eight saw Taylor plant her feet and trade punches, landing a combination of power punches before taking a solid right hand from the champion that stopped Taylor in her tracks. After critical comments from her corner for taking too many punches in the eighth round, Taylor got back to her boxing for the next two rounds, coasting to a UD victory with the judges scorecards reading 97–93, 97–93, and 96–94. [69] With the win Taylor became only the third boxer from Ireland, after Steve Collins and Carl Frampton, to capture world titles in two weight divisions. [70]

Taylor vs. Persoon II

Taylor was scheduled to defend her lightweight titles against seven-division world champion and current WBO and WBC interim female featherweight champion Amanda Serrano on 2 May 2020 at the Manchester Arena. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the bout was postponed and rescheduled to 4 July, with the venue changing to the Matchroom Sport headquarters in Brentwood, Essex. The bout was once again postponed, with a new proposed date of 22 August. After negotiations began to break down, Taylor's promoter, Eddie Hearn, revealed he was in talks with Delfine Persoon's team to secure a rematch for the 22 August date. [71] On 9 July, it was confirmed that the Taylor vs. Persoon rematch will take place on 22 August at the Matchroom Sport headquarters in Brentwood, Essex, airing live on Sky Sports Box Office as part of the undercard for Dillian Whyte vs. Alexander Povetkin. [72]

The match went to Taylor by unanimous points decision, 98–93, 96–94, 96–94, and Persoon conceded that Taylor had clearly won, and deserved to retain the slate of titles held - "she is so good. I have no problem with this result". World heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua described it as "another fantastic fight between these two great boxers". [73] [74] [75]

Taylor vs . Gutierrez

Taylor defended her titles on 14 November 2020 at The SSE Arena in London against Miriam Gutiérrez. Taylor dropped her opponent to the canvas with a left hook at the end of the fourth round en route to a unanimous decision victory, with the judges' scorecards reading 100-89, 100-90, and 99-91. During the post-fight interview, Eddie Hearn listed potential opponents for Taylor's next fight, which included Amanda Serrano, a rematch with undisputed welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill, former undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus, or a crossover fight with MMA fighter Cris Cyborg. [76]

Taylor vs . Jonas

Taylor defeated Natasha Jonas by a narrow unanimous decision (96-94, 95-94, 95-94) to retain her undisputed lightweight titles on 1 May Saturday night in Manchester. The Irish fighter started quickly but her four lightweight belts were at risk as Jonas began to land hard shots as the fight progressed.

Jonas showed greater power but Taylor's speed and punch volume were key down the stretch as she won late rounds. The pair hugged at the bell. Fans may want to see them do it again and Jonas' display more than merits another crack at a world title. [77]

Taylor vs . Han

Taylor defeated Jennifer Han in front of a crowd of 20,000 at the Headingley Rugby League Stadium in Leeds, England. Taylor win decisively on three judges scorecard (100-89) after flooring Han with a short right hook in the eighth round.

During post-fight interview with taylor, "I want the megafights and to be involved in the biggest fights out there," Taylor said. "I'm confident I will end my career as unbeaten and undisputed world champion." [78]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
19 fights19 wins0 losses
By knockout60
By decision130
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
19Win19–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jennifer Han UD104 Sep 2021 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Emerald Headingley Stadium, Leeds, EnglandRetained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight titles
18Win18–0 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Natasha Jonas UD101 May 2021 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg AO Arena, Manchester, EnglandRetained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight titles
17Win17–0 Flag of Spain.svg Miriam Gutiérrez UD1014 Nov 2020 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The SSE Arena, London, EnglandRetained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight titles
16Win16–0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Delfine Persoon UD10 22 Aug 2020 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Matchroom Fight Camp, Brentwood, EnglandRetained WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring female lightweight titles
15Win15–0 Flag of Greece.svg Christina Linardatou UD102 Nov 2019 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester Arena, Manchester, England Won WBO female junior-welterweight title
14Win14–0 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Delfine Persoon MD10 1 Jun 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USRetained WBA, IBF, and WBO female lightweight titles;
Won WBC and inaugural The Ring female lightweight titles
13Win13–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Rose Volante TKO9 (10), 1:4015 Mar 2019 Flag of the United States.svg Liacouras Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USRetained WBA and IBF female lightweight titles;
Won WBO female lightweight title
12Win12–0 Flag of Finland.svg Eva Wahlström UD1015 Dec 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York, USRetained WBA and IBF female lightweight titles
11Win11–0 Flag of Puerto Rico.svg Cindy Serrano UD1020 Oct 2018 Flag of the United States.svg TD Garden, Boston, Massachusetts, USRetained WBA and IBF female lightweight titles
10Win10–0 Flag of the United States.svg Kimberly Connor TKO3 (10), 1:4328 Jul 2018 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The O2 Arena, London, EnglandRetained WBA and IBF female lightweight titles
9Win9–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Victoria Bustos UD1028 Apr 2018 Flag of the United States.svg Barclays Center, New York City, New York, USRetained WBA female lightweight title;
Won IBF female lightweight title
8Win8–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jessica McCaskill UD1013 Dec 2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg York Hall, London, EnglandRetained WBA female lightweight title
7Win7–0 Flag of Argentina.svg Anahí Ester Sánchez UD10 28 Oct 2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, WalesWon vacant WBA female lightweight title
6Win6–0 Flag of the United States.svg Jasmine ClarksonRTD3 (8), 2:0029 Jul 2017 Flag of the United States.svg Barclays Center, New York City, New York, US
5Win5–0 Flag of Germany.svg Nina Meinke TKO7 (10), 0:57 29 Apr 2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Wembley Stadium, London, EnglandWon vacant WBA female Inter-Continental lightweight title
4Win4–0 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Milena KolevaPTS825 Mar 2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
3Win3–0 Flag of Italy.svg Monica GentiliTKO5 (6), 1:314 Mar 2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The O2 Arena, London, England
2Win2–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Viviane Obenauf PTS6 10 Dec 2016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Manchester Arena, Manchester, England
1Win1–0 Flag of Poland.svg Karina KopińskaTKO3 (6), 0:5826 Nov 2016 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg The SSE Arena, London, England

Association football

Katie Taylor
Personal information
Position(s) Midfielder / Forward
Youth career
St Fergal's
Newtown Juniors
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
Lourdes Celtic
St James's Gate
St Catherine's
Peamount United
National team
2006–2009 Republic of Ireland 11 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Club career

As a schoolgirl, Taylor played association football for St Fergal's and Newtown Juniors in the Wicklow and District Schoolboys League and Ballyfermot United in the Dublin and District Schoolboys league. Taylor played in teams with boys. She also represented the league in the Kennedy Cup, an inter–league competition, and won the league's Player of the Year award. [12] At senior club level, Taylor played in the Dublin Women's Soccer League for Lourdes Celtic, St James's Gate, St Catherine's and Peamount United. [79] Taylor played for St James's Gate in the 2003 DWSL Premier Cup final against Dundalk City. Gate lost 3–2 after extra time. [80] Taylor also played for Peamount United in the 2005 FAI Women's Cup final. However Peamount lost 1–0 to Dundalk City. [81] In 2009 Taylor was a member of the St Catherine's squad that reached the FAI Women's Cup final. However, her boxing commitments saw her miss out on the final itself. [82] [83] In 2010, together with Nicola Sinnott, Áine O'Gorman, Sara Lawlor and Louise Quinn, Taylor was a member of the Peamount United squad that won a treble, winning the Dublin Women's Soccer League, the DWSL Premier Cup and the FAI Women's Cup. [84] [85] [86]

International

Taylor represented the Republic of Ireland women's national football team at under–17, under–19 and senior levels. She was 14 when she played for the under–17s and 15 when she started playing for the under–19s. According to Taylor, her boxing training helped her football career because it made her physically strong enough to bridge the age gaps. [12] On 25 September 2003, Taylor scored four goals for the Republic of Ireland under–19s in a 2004 UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship qualifier against Macedonia. [87]

Between 2006 and 2009, Taylor made 11 appearances and scored 2 goals for the senior team. She made her senior international debut on 22 April 2006 against Switzerland in a 2007 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier at Richmond Park. The Republic of Ireland won 2–0. In 2006 Taylor also played for the Republic of Ireland in a prestige away friendly against the United States. Taylor scored her first senior international goal on 1 April 2007 in a UEFA Women's Euro 2009 qualifier against Hungary at Tolka Park. Taylor's goal helped the Republic of Ireland win 2–1. She scored her second goal in the same qualifying campaign in a 4–1 defeat against in Italy on 16 February 2008. [88] [89] She was also sent-off in the same game. She made her final international appearance on 24 September 2009 when she came on as substitute in a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifier against Kazakhstan.

Other work

In 2002, at the age of 15, Taylor appeared on RTÉ's Sport Stream and discussed her dream of one day appearing at the Olympics. [90] She was a coach on RTÉ's Charity Lords of the Ring in 2009, and appeared in a Lucozade Sport advertisement in 2011 alongside English rapper Tinie Tempah and American musician Travis Barker. She became the brand ambassador for Its4women, an online women's insurance company, in 2016. [91] She appeared in advertisements for the company on both television and YouTube. [92]

Personal life

Taylor and her family attend St. Mark's Church in Dublin, which is part of Assemblies of God, the world's largest Pentecostal denomination. [93] [94] [11] [12]

My Olympic Dream, Taylor's "illustrated memoir" with which she was helped by The Irish Times sports writer Johnny Watterson, was published by Simon & Schuster in 2012. [95] In 2018, the documentary Katie was released, which chronicled her early life and journey to her first title shot. [96] She has a fondness for the Irish language and once appeared on Bernard Dunne's show Bród Club to promote it.

In an interview with Soccer AM Taylor revealed that she is a fan of Leeds United. [97]

Awards and honours

Individual

Boxing medals

YearTournamentVenueResultEvent
2005 European Amateur Championships Tønsberg, Norway 1st60 kg
2006 European Amateur Championships Warsaw, Poland 1st60 kg
2006 World Amateur Championship New Delhi, India 1st60 kg
2007 European Amateur Championships Vejle, Denmark 1st60 kg
2008 European Union Amateur Championships Liverpool, England 1st60 kg
2008 World Amateur Championship Ningbo, People's Republic of China 1st60 kg
2009 European Union Amateur Championships Pazardzhik, Bulgaria 1st60 kg
2009 European Amateur Championships Mykolaiv, Ukraine 1st60 kg
2010 European Union Amateur Championships Keszthely, Hungary 1st60 kg
2010 World Amateur Championship Barbados 1st60 kg
2011 European Union Amateur Championships Katowice, Poland 1st60 kg
2011 European Amateur Championships Rotterdam, Netherlands 1st60 kg
2012 World Amateur Championship Qinhuangdao, China 1st60 kg
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st60 kg
2013 European Union Amateur Championships Keszthely, Hungary 1st60 kg
2014 European Amateur Championships Bucharest, Romania 1st60 kg
2014 World Amateur Championship Jeju, South Korea 1st60 kg
2015 European Games Baku, Azerbaijan 1st60 kg
2016 World Amateur Championship Astana, Kazakhstan 3rd60 kg

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lightweight champion

29 April 2017 – 28 October 2017
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Title last held by
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WBA female lightweight champion
28 October 2017 – present
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Victoria Bustos
IBF female lightweight champion
28 April 2018 – present
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Rose Volante
WBO female lightweight champion
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1 June 2019 – present
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WBO female junior-welterweight champion
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