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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Katie - I'd consider going pro after Rio

Katie Taylor has indicated that she may become a professional 
boxer after the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 28-year-old is currently focused on amatuer tournaments and training for the next Olympics following her triumph in London two years ago.

But she hinted that it's never too late to go pro.

After the 2012 games, Katie said that she was "offered a lot of money to turn over, but my heart just wasn't in the professional game".

"I'm planning to have a very long career in the sport, so it's definitely a possibility, but I'm just focused on going to Rio for now," she added.

On the back of another European title, which she picked up last month, the young Olympian didn't have much time for a break.

The Wicklow native recently returned to the gym and is training hard for the World Championships in South Korea this coming November.

Katie admitted that the training regime is somewhat brutal.

"It's twice a day, six days a week and it certainly doesn't get any easier," she said.

fight

Seemingly, there isn't a shortage of competitors, who are willing to take Katie on in preparation for the world games.

"They [fighters] are lining up all across the world stage to try and beat me, so it's not hard to find a fight," she said.

The athlete isn't bothered by the pressure that she has on her shoulders going into every fixture.

She loves being considered the favourite.

"It's a great challenge to go into every competition when you're the one to beat. It means I have to keep winning and improving.

"It's an absolute privilege to be in the highly regarded position that I am," she explained.

Despite the tough schedule, training has become a much more enjoyable task for the lightweight champion.

Speaking about the Bray boxing club, where she has trained all of her life, she said that she's probably using "the best facilities in the country".

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