When Katie Taylor beat Team GB’s Natasha Jonas yesterday, the Irish public came to a standstill and we were united in a behemothic surge of patriotic pride. The four-time world champion out-classed and out-boxed her Liverpudlian opponent and the strong Irish presence within the ExCeL Arena in London made sure it was a day of Irish dominance – in every sense of the word.
Beating Jonas 26-15, Taylor was supported by a thunderous and boisterous Irish crowd, whose noisy support was so loud that it managed to set a record of its own – reaching 114 decibels, just short of a clap of thunder.
The 26-year-old Bray boxer carried the expectant and hopeful weight of the nation on her shoulders and her win meant that she will progress into the semi-final, guaranteed at least a bronze medal. Her victory was gold-medal worthy yesterday and Katie looked every inch the Olympic champion – her confidence obviously boosted by the cheering Irish presence.
As well as being a four-time world champion, Taylor is also a five-time European champion and is undoubtedly, Ireland’s greatest hope of a medal at London 2012. She confirmed her brilliance once again yesterday, showing the world how she is women’s boxing’s brightest star and most talented competitor.
It’s largely thanks to Taylor that the sport is at London 2012 and no matter what happens in the semi-final, she has the record-breaking support of Ireland behind her.
Best of Luck Katie!