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