Katie Taylor was celebrating another historic first tonight after she scooped the Best Women’s Boxer Trophy of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The Bray BC lightweight claimed a gold medal today following a 10-8 win over Russia’s Sofya Ochigava in the 60kg final at the ExCel in London.
This is the first time that this award has been presented in the history of Olympic boxing as female pugilism was made its Olympic debut at London 2012.
The choice was decided by the experts, by the journalists, those who covered every single minute of competition, analysed and dissected every bout to give their expert opinions.
An AIBA Statement read:
“After triumphing in the Lightweight (60kg) final, Ireland’s Katie Taylor was the overwhelming choice to take the ‘Best Women’s Boxer of the London 2012 Olympic Games’ trophy. Her technique, her poise and her all-round excellence had the pundits acclaiming her exploits in unison as she took sixty percent of the vote.
“A pioneer, 25-year-old Katie Taylor has taking the sport to new heights with her level of skills and dedication to the sport. She is a worthy winner of the first ever women’s best boxer trophy.
“The decision was not decided on sentiment; the experts agreed that her performances at the ExCeL in both the quarters and semi-finals made her the perfect choice to be rewarded with the trophy. The Irish legend was in scintillating form in her previous two bouts, eliminating the rising star from Tajikistan Mavzuna Chorieva in the semi-finals and before that overcoming the tough challenge of Natasha Jonas of Great Britain in arguably the best contest of the whole competition, including the men.”
“We are proud at AIBA that Katie Taylor has graced the sport of boxing and we sincerely hope that she will be there in Rio 2016 to defend her title and once again showcase women’s boxing in all its splendour.”