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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Boxing: I want to be the best female boxer of all time, reveals Katie Taylor

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Ireland's Katie Taylor, Bray Boxing, left, exchanges punches with Caroline Verveyre, Canada. Road to Rio with Katie Taylor and Bray Boxing Club, Mansion House, Dublin
Ireland's Katie Taylor, Bray Boxing, left, exchanges punches with Caroline Verveyre, Canada. Road to Rio with Katie Taylor and Bray Boxing Club, Mansion House, Dublin
Katie Taylor

She might be an Olympic champion but Katie Taylor has no plans to slow down saying her goal is to be "the best female boxer of all time".

The Bray native is currently preparing to head to Baku in Azerbaijan for the first ever European Games this summer.

This year's inaugural event is an international multi-sport event for athletes representing the National Olympic Committees of Europe.

In a promo video for the games, the 28-year-old outlines her ambition for the tournament.

"As long as I'm standing up there on the podium with a gold medal then I'm happy," she says.

Naturally, as the current Irish, European, World and Olympic Champion in her weight division she is the favourite going into the competition.

"I'm five-time world champion, six-time European champion, five-time European Union champion and Olympic champion - I go into every competition expecting to win the gold medal," she says.

"It's going to be such a historical event with it being the first European games and I can't wait to represent my country and have another chance to make history.

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Katie Taylor

"There's a lot of pressure on me going into these competitions and I enjoy that pressure," she continues.

"I love being the favourite for every competition and I enjoy that challenge as well.

"It's something that I've gotten used to over the years and I see it as a privilege rather than a burden really.

"I want to be the best female boxer of all time, I want to make history in the sport, and that just inspires me every day.

"People still haven't seen the best of me yet," she adds.

The Games will be held in Baku from June 12 to 28.

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