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"That's what legacy is all about" - Katie Taylor recognises the impact of helping future generations

On Saturday night, arguably the greatest pioneer of womens boxing, Katie Taylor, will get a chance to make another slice of boxing history, when she bids to become a simultaneous two-division Undisputed champion against Englands super lightweight ruler Chantelle Cameron at the 3 Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

It is the first time in the astonishing seven year professional career of Taylor that she is fighting in her homeland, and the Bray native makes no secret that this occasion was one of her main ambitions as soon as she signed on the dotted line in the paid ranks back in 2016.

"One of the things I wanted to achieve when I turned pro six years ago was to fight here at home" said Taylor

"This is a nation who love their sport, who love their boxing… Its amazing to be bringing big time boxing back to this nation, where it belongs."

Although she has forged a medal and belt laden career for herself, Taylor has almost single handedly paved the way for an entire new generation of female fighters due to her trailblazing run in the amateur ranks, most notably playing a pivotal role in greenlighting womens boxing in the Olympic Games for the first time in London in 2012.

As much as Saturday night is about cementing her own legendary status in the squared circle, Taylor is under no illusion that this historic occasion will also play a crucial part in further strengthening the inspiring impact herself and other female fighters have worked so hard to make.

Taylor said: "It's great to be in a position where you're influencing the next generation of fighters. They're going to grow up with big dreams and big ambitions as well which is absolutely amazing.

That's what legacy is all about. Making a way for the next generation of fighters and those generation of fighters are going to do more than we've ever done."

Taylor also went on to pay homage to another legendary fighter, and a compatriot, highlighting the fact it wasn't just herself that is responsible for the female boxing boom.

"Just a few hours ago I met up again with Deirdre Gogarty who was my hero growing up. She was the only female fighter I knew of at the time. Just the influence that she had on my career, it's amazing that I could have that for some young girl coming up."

Gogarty is a retired professional fighter from Drogheda, north of Dublin, who moved to the United States due to female boxing being outlawed in Ireland


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