Katie Taylor adds best boxer trophy to Olympic gold medal
It has always been tradition for the best boxer across all of the Men’s weight categories to be rewarded for his efforts with a trophy, but with Women making their debut at the Olympic Games this year, it was decided that the same honor should be bestowed upon them. In the category of the “least shocking award winner ever”, Katie Taylor has been named as the best women’s boxer of the London 2012 Olympics.
The choice would be decided by the experts, by the journalists, those who covered every single minute of competition, analyzed and dissected every bout to give their expert opinions.
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 splendor.
My question though is why Katie Taylor isn’t in the running for the Val Barker Cup, awarded to the most outstanding boxer of the tournament? That has traditionally been a men’s award, only in the sense that traditionally, there were never women competing! I say that the top women in the tournament should be eligible for the same Val Barker Cup as the men, and in my opinion, Katie Taylor would likely win that honor as well.