Katie Taylor is planning busy March following comprehensive wins in Dublin on Friday and Sunday night.
Olympic Champion Katie Taylor wowed a sold out Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublinon Sunday night with a dominant win over two weight German champion Maike Klueners and will now set her focus on the next two steps on the Road to Rio and her ultimate goal of becoming a two time Olympic Champion.
The Bray woman will return to the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on March
22nd when she takes on Ukrainian champ Yulia Tsiplakova before
heading for the Royal Theatre, Castlebar on March 24th when she faces
old rival, Denista Eliseeva who remains the last boxer to have
secured a victory over Taylor.
The two met in Eliseeva s native Bulgaria back in February of 2011 in
a multi nations tournament with Eliseeva awarded a controversial
points win. Taylor and her Dad Pete were left baffled by the decision
after what appeared to have been a clear cut win for the Irish woman.
Taylor has since avenged the defeat and can now look forward to a
meeting with Eliseeva on home soil when they clash at the Royal
Theatre, Castlebar next month.
However Taylor s Dad Pete insists it won t be a revenge mission. “I
hadn t even told Katie about the opponents for March because she was
just concentrating on last weekend. She never looks beyond her next
opponent so first we ll focus on Tsiplakova and then Eliseeva.
“Whenever people say that she is the last girl to beat Katie I always
correct them and say she was the last to get a decision over her
because nobody outside of the judges thought that Katie lost that
fight. Katie has avenged every defeat she s ever had and she beat
Eliseeva in the European Union championships later that same year but
we re looking forward to boxing her again in Ireland.”
Following her win in Dublin overnight Katie was in Castlebar today to
meet fans and confirm details of next month bouts at the Royal
Theatre. The 26-year-old says she s excited at the prospect of
another fight night at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre before heading
west on the same weekend. “The reception I got last night was amazing
and I m so grateful for everyone who came out to support me. It felt
like the Excel Arena in London all over again and it definitely spurs
you on. The crowd can really lift you and you want to put on the best
performance you can for them.”
Taylor hopes that the series of fight will inspire a whole new
generation to follow in her footsteps and after last nights win over
Klueners she stayed back to sign autographs and have countless
pictures taken with fans. “I d love to think I m a good role model
for kids,” said Taylor. “At the moment there are a lot of bad role
models out there and they are often the ones getting on the front of
the papers or magazines so it s important to be a good role model for
all these young kids and to set a good example for them so it s
something I take very seriously.
“Any sport is a great for kids, it s a healthy lifestyle and they
learn so much about themselves, its character building and a great
way of life for any child.”
Tickets for Katie Taylor s upcoming bouts at the Bord Gáis Energy
Theatre in Dublin on Friday, March 22nd and the Royal Theatre,
Castlebar are available from Ticketmaster.ie (0818 719 377) or the
Theatre box offices.