Making her mark: why Katie Taylor is an Irish sporting hero

Katie has put women’s boxing on the map and gave the sport its voice on the main stage. We take a look at how far the Bray boxer has come since she first stepped into the ring twenty years ago

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This Saturday, Irish sporting legend Katie Taylor will take on reigning champion Delfine Persoon at Madison Square Garden in New York. One of her biggest and most exciting fights to date, this test will see Taylor and Persoon battle it out for the coveted title of undisputed Lightweight Champion of the World.

After turning professional in 2016, the Bray boxer has most definitely made her mark on the professional boxing world. Having already successfully secured three titles in the lightweight division - the WBA, WBO, IBF titles - this Saturday Katie is looking to add one more belt to her collection, the WBC title.

If Katie wins the fight she will seize total control in the lightweight division and it would make her the first Irish person to win all four belts at any weight class. In her brilliant documentary, KATIE, which was released earlier this year, the 32-year-old proves that she has put in the groundwork leading up to her fights this year and she is willing and ready to continue making her mark on history.

In her career, Katie has put women’s boxing on the map and gave the sport its voice while carving the way for fellow and future female athletes to take their place in the ring. For the first time in history, women were allowed to competitively box during the 2012 London Olympic Games. Katie competed that year and subsequently won an Olympic gold medal and also become the first ever Olympic female lightweight champion.

Here's a list of Katie's amazing achievements to date:

1. Katie Taylor has been boxing for over 20 years - she started when she was just 12.

2. Taylor first made Irish boxing history in 2001 - aged 15, Katie took part in the first officially sanctioned women's bout ever held in Ireland and won the fight.

3. Katie represented the Republic of Ireland women's national football team.

4. Since turning pro, Katie has won all 13 of her fights to date.

5. KATIE, the documentary about Katie Taylor’s life and career to date, became one of the Top 10 most watched documentaries on Netflix last week.

TAYLOR V PERSOON

When: Saturday, 1 June

Watch on: Sky Sports Box Office

Image source: Twitter - @MatchroomBoxing

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