The Wicklow lightweight packed out the ExCel Arena in London, with thousands watching in the open air in Bray and millions watching on their televisions around Ireland, as she claimed the inaugural Women’s Lightweight Olympic gold.
Nerves were shredded as she edged past long-time Russian rival Sofya Ochigava, climbing off the canvas in the final round to claim a 10-8 points win and Irish sporting immortality,
It was the ultimate achievement for Taylor whose own performances in the preceding years having been one of the factors that eventually prompted the inclusion of Women’s Boxing at the Olympics.
Now, five years on, Taylor stands on the cusp of a world title shot in the pro ranks, racing to 6(4)-0 since signing up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Promotions.
To commemorate her Olympic win, a spine-tingling promo – ‘Wage War on the Impossible’ – has been released.
Watch ‘Wage War on the Impossible’ below:
5 yrs today I achieved my life-long dream of Olympic Gold, after many years being told that this dream was impossible. pic.twitter.com/JPiimHmqeE
— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) August 9, 2017