IRELAND’S OLYMPIC BOXING champion Katie Taylor is set to make one of the biggest decisions of her life, as she weighs up whether to turn professional or stay amateur – or maybe give up the sport altogether.
The Bray superstar is reported to have held talks with professional promoters earlier this week ahead of a family holiday during which the 26-year-old is likely to make a definitive decision about her future.
Her father Peter has openly shared his hope that Katie would quit the sport entirely, having won all there is to win – and has previously described the professional game, where pugilists go without protective headgear, as a significantly more dangerous sport.
Taylor herself has not closed the door on turning pro – but has said that if she does give it a go, she’ll want to remain based in Bray instead of moving to the UK or USA. She has also said, however, that she would love to defend her Olympic gold – meaning she’d need to remain an amateur.
What do you think? Should Katie, who has already proven herself capable, try to make a career out of her abilities? Should she keep going as an amateur to defend her world and Olympic titles? Or, having won everything she can, hang up her gloves for good?