Boxing chief hails Katie Taylor after 10 years of utter, utter dominance
"10 years from now we'll still be on top... I thought I told you that we won't stop."
Lyrics to Puff Daddy's Mo' Money, Mo' Problems that are apt when describing Katie Taylor's domination of the women's amateur boxing scene. Everything except the money and problems.
2016 marks a decade since the Bray native began her journey to seize control of the lightweight division. This year is the 10th that Taylor has been ranked No.1 at 60kgs.
In November of 2006, Taylor defeated Argentina’s Annabella Frias to win her first world championship.
Since then, she has won four more world championships, 12 European titles [spread over two contests] and Olympic Gold at London 2012.
— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) December 23, 2015
Taylor [on 2,400 points] is currently 850 points ahead of France’s Estelle Mosselly, who is in second spot in the lightweight standings.
To mark Taylor's decade at the very top, Dr. C.K Wu, president of the International Boxing Association, paid tribute to the 29-year-old. He commented:
"What Katie Taylor has achieved over the last ten years in international competition, including the Olympic Games and AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships, has been absolutely outstanding.
"The International Boxing Association congratulates and salutes Katie. To remain at the top of our lightweight rankings for a decade is extraordinary.
"Such remarkable consistency is a testimony to the skill, ambition and determination of a truly world class boxer. She is an inspiration to our young athletes throughout the world."