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Boxer Taylor eyes Olympic joy

By David Kelly

Irish boxing's golden girl Katie Taylor plans to stands on top of the podium in London 2012.

Taylor, who retained her lightweight title at the World championships in Ningbo City China at the weekend, believes women's boxing is going to be brought into the Games by the time London comes around.

Voted the Best Boxer of the championships, Taylor is regarded as pound for pound the best woman amateur boxer in the world and she's now chasing Olympic gold.

Taylor said: "All the national organisations are pushing for the sport to be brought into the Olympics and I'm pretty confident that it's going to happen.

"Since I started boxing I have always dreamed of becoming an Olympic champion so I hope it happens.

“I want to win gold in London and if I did that then maybe I would consider turning professional but my mind is just on my amateur career. There’s another World Championships in two years time and also the European championships.”

While many believed Taylor's recent success was a formality as she is the reigning European champion as well, the Bray woman said: "There was more pressure on me in this tournament than I have ever experienced before and particularly in the early contests.

“The last 16 bout with the Czech was tough. It was a very nervous last round after she drew level but I managed to get through it and then I just seemed to get better and better and I was relieved as much as anything else to retain the title. I don't think it has all sunk in yet.”

Apart from being a star in the ring, Taylor also happens to be an international footballer and she hopes to spend more time on the pitch, though it will not be easy.

“I enjoy the football and I would like to play more but it’s very difficult because of the time I have to give to the boxing,” she added.

For now she can bask in the glory of double World champion.

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