Boxer Taylor to stay amateur

Published Thursday, 18 October 2012
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Gold medal winning boxer Katie Taylor has decided that she will remain amateur in order to compete at the next Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

Boxer Taylor to stay amateur
Irish boxer Katie Taylor with her gold medal. (© Getty)

The 26-year-old considered the move into professional boxing, but in the end has decided to turn down lucrative contracts so she can defend her boxing title in 2016.

Speaking on Today FM, Katie said: "I've been offered a few professional contracts...in the hundreds and thousands.

"The thing with professional boxing is you have to have the right promoter and the right fights. It is a cut-throat business. You have to make sure you have the right people around you to get the right fights and you're not guaranteed to get the best fights.

"As an amateur you might be fighting five or six times in a week and you have to make the weight all week. It's gruelling on the body. So to win an amateur world title is a lot harder than to win a professional world title.

"For me there is nothing better than boxing for my country and bringing home medals for my country."

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