WORLD professional champion Katie Taylor was honored along with two Irish women’s boxing officials by the International Boxing Association for their role in promoting women’s boxing.
The Association Women’s Committee honored Taylor with the Outstanding Boxer award. Katie won five world gold medals and one bronze medal, as well as the Olympic gold medal in 2012 during a glittering amateur career.
As a pro she is unbeaten in 21 fights and last month’s unforgettable fight against Amanda Serrano was the first female fight ever to officiate a show at Madison Square Garden. She will finally make her home debut at Croke Park later this year.
The two officials honored were Anna Moore of St. Francis Boxing Club in Limerick and referee and judge Sadie Duffy, who officiated at the World Championships in Istanbul.
Anna received the Outstanding Administer/Team Leader award. Affectionately known in boxing circles as the “Mama of Irish Boxing”, she is a member of the IABA’s national competition, organizational and administrative teams.
She was team manager for Team Ireland’s youngest record team at the European Youth Championships, winning eight medals, more than any other Irish team to compete in a European Youth Tournament.
Sadie Duffy – a member of Illies Golden Gloves BC in Donegal – was awarded Outstanding Referee and Judge. She qualified as a referee in 1997. Since then, she has officiated at numerous world tournaments, including the recent men’s and women’s world championships. She also officiated the first-ever official fight that Katie Taylor attended on Halloween night in 2001.
The awards were announced in Istanbul on Friday evening.
As a result of winning gold medals in Istanbul, Amy O’Rourke and Lisa O’Rourke are now number one in the world in their respective light welterweight and light middleweight weight classes. Carly McNaul (52kg) and Michaela Walsh (57kg) are fifth after reaching the quarterfinals.
Team Ireland finished the tournament in second place out of 73 nations and 310 boxers thanks to the performance of every team member. Irish boxers fought 24 fights at the tournament with 17 wins, two gold medals and two quarterfinal exits.
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/boxing/katie-taylor-scoops-top-accolade-from-iba-41676075.html Katie Taylor receives top honors from the IBA