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Barrier-Breaking Rematch – Taylor believes Olympic clash opened the world’s eyes to women’s boxing – Irish Boxing
April 30, 2021
Saturday is a rematch of the struggle that birthed the present extraordinarily wholesome girls’s struggle scene suggests Katie Taylor.
The previous novice turned professional trailblazer believes her Olympic assembly with Natasha Jonas was a pivotal second within the sport, because it was most likely the primary time the entire world bought to see what girls boxers have been able to producing.
Taylor and Jonas produced a struggle of the event contender as early as day two of the boxing schedule producing a ability and action-packed innings, that made the surface world sit up and take observe.
The pair, who renew acquaintances in Manchester on a PPV card this Saturday evening, additionally proved girls’s boxing was fan-friendly and will create an environment, significantly whenever you consider Taylor’s 26-15 quarter-final win performed out in entrance of a crowd producing a document 113.7 decibels of noise at London’s ExCel Area.
In that regard, the Irish sporting hero believes it was a pivotal level.
“It was the primary time that folks noticed girls’s boxing on the worldwide stage, and many individuals really feel that the struggle between me and Tasha was the struggle of the event, the ambiance was electrical and we confirmed every little thing in that struggle, the ability, the guts,” stated Taylor when talking to the media on Tuesday.
“The Irish followers introduced up the decibels within the area that day and it was a terrific week for me to realize a childhood dream.”
“I had no concept that 9 years later we’d meet once more, however right here we’re. We had a terrific historical past collectively as amateurs and now we’re dealing with one another within the professional ring for the very first time so it’s very thrilling.”
It’s broadly accepted Taylor was chargeable for making certain feminine boxing turned an Olympic sport and it’s believed she has remodeled the professional sport within the 5 years she has been concerned.
It’s one thing the Bray native is pleased with and he or she is pleased with the vastly improved state of the feminine aspect of the candy science.
“The bar has been damaged. Persons are actually excited now about feminine fights and there’s at all times a giant feminine struggle on each card now. They’re critical fights that individuals are enthusiastic about.”
There was feminine punchers earlier than Taylor, fighters who impressed her and he or she is at all times eager to reward them and their affect.
Nonetheless, whereas they impressed younger fighters of their day they haven’t impressed the sort of mass panorama change Taylor has, though undisputed world champion can be too humble to confess as a lot.
“This technology of fighters have achieved loads, however we’re all nonetheless standing on the shoulders of many nice fighters, the likes of Deirdre Gogarty, who’s a hero of mine, Jane Sofa, Laila Ali, and others who’ve paved the way in which for us.
“So I simply need to proceed to tear down the obstacles and make it simpler for the subsequent technology of fighters.”
Reflecting on the Olympic conflict Jonas and the ambiance generated that summer time’s day Jonas stated: “It was one thing just like the sound of a jet engine. I didn’t come out with an Olympic medal however I got here out with an Olympic document which is bizarre.
“Everybody solely ever talks concerning the Olympics however she’s truly overwhelmed me 3 times. I feel she beat me 5-3 in a event a month earlier than the Olympics and he or she’d overwhelmed me earlier than, however I can’t keep in mind that rating.”