Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

I'm not quitting ,says Olympic champion Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor with her gold medal
Daniele Matias Hypolito of Brazil chalks her feet on the uneven bars during training sessions for artistic gymnastics ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Training Academy on July 26, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Olympic champion Katie Taylor is to resist her father's wishes and box on

“I wanted to shock the world and that's exactly what we did,” the Irish girl smiled while emphatically ending speculation that she might retire from the ring, having achieved her life's ambition in the ExCel Arena by winning an Olympic gold medal..

“I've no intentions at all to stop boxing,” said the 26-year-old Bray native, adding: “I've another 10 years left in me.”

Her father Peter had expressed a wish after her semi-final win that the gold medal bout with Russian Sofya Ochigava would be Katie's last, with an Olympic title added to her four world and five European crowns.

Indeed, he even confirmed interest from Arsenal and others in facilitating her return to football, a game in which she's been capped more than 40 times for the Republic. “I'm definitely going to continue to box, though I don't know whether I'll turn pro or stay amateur,” said Katie.

“We'll sit down and talk about that and make a decision in the next few weeks. I don't really know much about women's professional boxing. The competition I'm in is probably a lot better.

“But, if someone comes to me and offers me a contract for professional boxing, I'll have to consider it.”

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