GOLDEN GIRL

Wick­low’s Katie Tay­lor is eye­ing the 2012 Olympics af­ter re­tain­ing her world crown

Bray People - - Sport - Mark KENNEDY

BRAY’S KATIE Tay­lor is the undis­puted queen of the box­ing ring af­ter re­tain­ing her world light­weight ti­tle at the week­end.

At this stage the 22-yearold box­ing dy­namo from County Wick­low has won ev­ery con­ceiv­able hon­our in women’s box­ing bar one.

And hope­fully she will get the chance of con­quer­ing sports high­est peak in 2012 and that is to win an Olympic medal for Ire­land in women’s box­ing.

She was de­nied the chance of winning Olympic gold this year as women’s box­ing was not recog­nised as an Olympic sport but it is now be­ing con­fi­dently pre­dicted that the IOC will re­dress that omis­sion next year, thus paving the way for Katie to re­alise her dream.

For the last four years, she has won ever con­ceiv­able hon­our in women’s box­ing from Euro­pean cham­pi­onships in Nor­way in 2005; in Poland in 2006 and Den­mark in 2007; and now world Am­a­teur cham­pi­onships in In­dia in 2006 and in China last week­end.

Im­me­di­ately af­ter blitz­ing her fi­nal op­po­nent in Satur­day’s world light weight fi­nal, Katie Tay­lor set her sights firmly to­ward the Olympics in four years time, say­ing: ‘To rep­re­sent my coun­try at the Olympic Games would be a dream come true. And if I do get the op­por­tu­nity I’ll be go­ing for gold. To fin­ish first is al­ways my aim’.

Th­ese, the fifth AIBA women’s world cham­pi­onships, were held in Ningbo city, China, and the fact that Katie beat a lo­cal op­po­nent in the fi­nal - and beat her de­ci­sively – made her victory all the more spec­tac­u­lar and mer­i­to­ri­ous.

We all re­mem­ber the Olympics in Bei­jing a cou­ple of months back in Au­gust when Ken Egan also came up against a Chi­nese op­po­nent Aiaop­ing Zhang in the light heavy­weight fi­nal.

Most com­men­ta­tors felt that Egan had done enough to take Olympic gold but it would ap­pear that the judges were swayed by the fiercely par­ti­san Chi­nese sup­port to give the ver­dict against the Ir­ish man by an 11-7 mar­gin.

Katie Tay­lor went into the same caul­dron of ra­bid Chi- nese sup­port when she en­tered the fi­nal fray against the lo­cal hero Cheng Dong but the to­tally un­fazed, to­tally fo­cussed Bray lass came away with a classy 13-2 points win to re­tain her world light- weight ti­tle.

The one con­cern in the Ir­ish camp as Katie en­tered the ring on Satur­day was whether, ir­re­spec­tive of how well the Bray dy­namo boxed, the judges would again favour Chi­nese oppo- nent Cheng Dong.

How­ever, Tay­lor shot out of the blocks landed the punches and never looked back as she raced to an over­whelm­ing 13-2 victory.

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World cham­pion Katie Tay­lor at her home­com­ing at Dublin Air­port.

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