(born 2nd of June 1986 Bray
, Co. Wicklow
) is an Irish boxer and footballer. As well as her sporting achievements, Taylor also appeared in a Lucozade Sport
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and American musician Travis Barker
Katie Taylor started boxing (coached by her father Peter, himself a successful amateur boxer) in 1998, aged 12. Her 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. Later that year, at the World Amateur Championships
, Taylor advanced to the quarter-finals in the 60 kg weight class.
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. At that year's World Amateur Championships
, contested in New Delhi, India
, Taylor became Ireland's first World Champion, defeating Chalaya again in the semi-final and then Annabella Farias of Argentina in the 60 kg final. She is a supporter of Leeds United.
In 2007 she won her third successive European Championship title in Denmark. In August 2008, she claimed her second consecutive Witch Cup gold medal in... Read More