The Bray woman secured the gold with a victory over Azerbaijan’s Yana Allekseevana [left] in the 60kg final early this morning. The judges scored the fight 40-36, 39-37, 39-37 in Taylor’s favour. The 2012 Olympic champion is now level with Indian great Mary Kom on five world crowns.
As part of her preparations for her 2014 AIBA World and European Elite title defences, the champion is to fight next month in Bray’s Ballywaltrim Community Centre.
On November 30, she will fight Finland’s Mira Potkonen – who she beat in the EU semi-finals – at the Boghall Road venue.
It will be the AIBA World Number One’s first fight in Bray since she won her Olympic gold back in 2012
On July 7, Katie Taylor, the world champion of female boxing, won her fifth European Union Amateur Boxing Championship title for Ireland in Keszthely, Hungary.
Over all, the Irish women’s team came away from the 23-nation tournament with 15 medals; a record for Irish boxing. Taylor, Kristina O’ Hara, Grainne Gavin, Jacqui Lynch and Amy Broadhurst all received gold medals in the 7th European Union Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships.
However, none of their fights were televised.
“We still don’t get equal publicity with the men,” said Taylor in a phone interview, a few days after the Irish team returned home to Dublin from the tournament, and hours before Taylor jetted to New York for a holiday. “I’ve worked my whole life to get where I am and no television coverage for those fights is not fair.”
Taylor has now won 15 major gold medals since 2005 and is the reigning Olympic, World, European, EU and Irish lightweight champion. She is planning to fight professionally for the first time in her career.
n September or October, Taylor will enter the World Series of Boxing (WSB), a professional competition in which amateurs are encouraged to take part. Taylor describes the opportunity as a “transitional event,” where she will fight, for the first time, without head gear and compete for prize money.