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Katie Taylor
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Taylor at the 2012 Olympics
  • KT
  • The Bray Bomber
  • Simply the Best
Rated at Lightweight
Height 5 ft 5 in
Reach 65 in
Nationality Irish
Born 2 July 1986 (1986-07-02) (age 34)
Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland
Stance Orthodox

Katie Taylor (born 2 July 1986) is an Irish boxer and former footballer. In professional boxing she is currently a unified lightweight female world champion, having held the WBA title since 2017, and the IBF title since April 2018. As of January 2019, she is ranked as the world's best active female lightweight and second best active female boxer, pound for pound, by BoxRec.

In her successful amateur boxing career, Taylor won five consecutive gold medals at the Women's World Championships, gold six times at the European Championships, and gold five times at the European Union Championships. Hugely popular in Ireland, she is credited with raising the profile of women's boxing at home and abroad.

Regarded as the outstanding Irish athlete of her generation, she was the flag bearer for Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony before going on to win an Olympic gold medal in the lightweight division. Taylor turned professional in 2016 under Matchroom Boxing, and is known for her fast-paced, aggressive boxing style.

Early life and family

Taylor was born and raised in Bray, County Wicklow and is the daughter of an Irish mother Bridget and English father Peter Taylor. In 1986, he was an Irish senior light heavyweight champion boxer. Peter eventually became Katie's full–time boxing coach. He also coached Adam Nolan who, like Katie, also represented Ireland at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Bridget also developed an interest in boxing and became one of the earliest female referees and judges in Ireland.


Between 1999 and 2005 Taylor attended St. Kilian's Community School in Bray. As well as boxing and playing association football, as a schoolgirl Taylor also played Gaelic football and camogie with her local GAA clubs. She was also a member of Bray Runners, a local athletics club.

Several American colleges reportedly offered her sports scholarships while she was still a pupil at St Killian's. However, she opted instead to attend UCD. Although UCD is well known for sports scholarships, Taylor qualified via her Leaving Cert results. However, as Taylor's sporting career began to take off, she chose not to complete her studies at UCD.

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