Katie Taylor is a former footballer and professional boxer from Ireland.
Taylor was born in Bray, County Wicklow, on July 2, 1986, to Irish mother Bridget (née Cranley) and British father Peter Taylor. She has an older sister named Sarah, as well as two older brothers, Lee and Peter, the latter of whom is a mathematics professor at Dublin City University.
Her father, who was born in Leeds and raised in Birmingham, first came to Bray to work in the amusement arcades on the seashore with his father.
Taylor opted to settle in Bray after meeting and marrying Bridget. She won the Irish senior light heavyweight title in 1986. She began his career as an electrician before becoming Taylor’s full-time boxing instructor.
He also worked with Adam Nolan, who, like Taylor, represented Ireland at the Summer Olympics in 2012. Bridget also took interest in boxing and became one of Ireland’s first female referees and judges.
Taylor attended St. Kilian’s Community School in Bray from 1999 until 2005. Her three older siblings went to the same school. She participated in females’ Gaelic football and camogie with her local GAA clubs, Bray Emmets and Fergal gs, in addition to boxing and association football at school.
Taylor was a member of the local athletics club Bray Runners, and several American institutions reportedly offered her sports scholarships while she was still a student at St Killian’s. She, on the other hand, chose to attend University College Dublin.
Taylor qualified through her Leaving Cert results, despite the fact that UCD is well renowned for sports scholarships. She chose not to finish her studies at UCD as her sporting career took off.
Taylor began boxing at the age of 12 in 1998. Her father coached her and her two older brothers, Lee and Peter, at St Fergal’s Boxing Club in Bray, which was housed in a former boathouse. At the age of 15, she competed in Ireland’s first officially sanctioned female boxing contest at the National Stadium, defeating Belfast’s Alanna Audley.
2005 European Amateur Boxing Championship
Taylor’s first notable success came in 2005 at the European Amateur Championships in Tnsberg, Norway. In the final of the 60 kg lightweight event, she defeated Eva Wahlström of Finland to win the gold medal.
2006 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championship
Taylor earned Ireland’s first World Champion at the 2006 World Women’s Boxing Championships in New Delhi, India, defeating Chalaya again in the semi-finals and then Erica Farias of Argentina in the 60 kg final.
Taylor made her professional debut on November 26, 2016, with a third-round technical knockout (TKO) in London’s Wembley Arena. On 10 December 2016, she faced Viviane Obenaufon in her second professional fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester.
The fight was broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office as part of the undercard to Anthony Joshua vs. Éric Molina for the heavyweight world title.
Taylor won by a shutout six-round points decision (PTS) with the referee scoring the battle 60–53 in a bout that saw Taylor score a knockdown in the second round after Obenauf looked to slip, and the latter receive a gash to her left eye following an apparent clash of heads.
In March 2017, she defeated Monica Gentili via fifth-round TKO and Milena Koliva via PTS over eight rounds before facing Nina Meinke for the vacant WBA International female lightweight title at Wembley Stadium on April 29, 2017.
The fight served as a final eliminator for the WBA female lightweight title and was broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office as part of the undercard for Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko.
Taylor dominated the fight from the start, because to her quickness and combo attacks. Meinke received a cut in the fifth round as a result of an unintentional clash of heads.
Katie Taylor is a two-weight world champion and the current undisputed lightweight champion, having held the WBA championship since 2017, the IBF title since 2018, the WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine titles since 2019, and the WBO junior-welterweight title in 2019.
Following her victory over Delfine Persoon in 2019, she became one of just eight fighters in history (male or female) to simultaneously hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO. Her first victory over Persoon in 2019 earned her the title of first lightweight lineal champion.
Taylor earned five consecutive gold medals in the Women’s World Championships, six gold medals at the European Championships, and five gold medals at the European Union Championships throughout her amateur boxing career.
She is credited with elevating the profile of women’s boxing in Ireland and around the world. Regarded as the best Irish athlete of her generation, she was the flag bearer for Ireland during the opening ceremony of the 2012 London Olympics before going on to win an Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division.
Taylor made her professional debut in 2016 with Matchroom Boxing. Taylor is ranked as the world’s top active female lightweight by Lineal Boxing Champion and BoxRec; the greatest active female pound-for-pound by The Ring and BoxRec; and the world’s second-best pound-for-pound boxer by Lineal Boxing Champion as of November 2020. Her boxing technique is fast-paced and aggressive.
|18 fights||18 wins||0 losses|
Taylor and her family are members of St. Mark’s Church in Dublin, which is affiliated with the Assemblies of God, the world’s largest Pentecostalist church.
Taylor’s “illustrated memoir” My Olympic Dream, was released by Simon & Schuster in 2012, with assistance from The Irish Times sports reporter Johnny Watterson. Katie, a documentary about her early life and journey to her maiden title shot, was released in 2018. She enjoys the Irish language and has featured on Bernard Dunne’s show Bród Club to promote it.
Taylor confirmed in an interview with Soccer AM that she is a Leeds United fan.
|Endorsements||Honda, Windsor Motor Group|
|Achievements||Current WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF, The Ring female lightweight championFormer WBO female light welterweight champion, WBA female Inter-Continental champion|
|Nickname||The Bray Bomber|