Ireland’s Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor is expected to decided her future over the coming weeks as she and her family decamp for a much needed holiday this week, and says she will consider turning pro even if it does go against her family’s wishes.
Taylor along with her father and coach Peter met with several promoters last week to discuss the possibility of the Bray woman cashing in on her Olympic success by joining the growing professional ranks of the sport.
Peter has long suggested that he would like to see his daughter retire from the sport as he feels the longer she fights the more likely she is to get injured, but he has stated that the decision is totally hers.
“I have been offered a few pro contracts and I just have to sit down and talk to my dad about them and if I am interested in turning pro or not,” she told 98fm, “but I know it is a different ball game altogether.
“I know the risks that I am going to be taking if I do decide to turn pro, but my family are not big fans of professional boxing at all.
“I know they wouldn’t be too happy about me turning professional, but in saying that, they would be completely behind me and support me all the way, if I did choose that.”
Peter said that he has been happy with the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s (IABA) help and will consider the Irish Sports Council in any decision about his and Katie’s future.
John Lynch [chairman IABA] has been absolutely marvellous to us, and the Irish Sports Council have been marvellous to us as well. But you know, we’ve got to look to securing Katie’s future as well. These are a few things that we’ve got to look to as well.”
Taylor senior insisted they will not rush any decision regarding his daughter’s boxing future.
“We’re going to sit down and talk about professional, or staying amateur,” he said.
“We’re going to look at a few of the contracts that have come in. Obviously we’ll speak to the [Irish] Sports Council as well. We’ll make a decision then.
“We’ll know — it’s not going to be a rushed decision, but we’ll know in the next month, what we’re going to do.”
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