IF it is hard to make it to the top of the boxing pile it is even harder to stay there claims Katie Taylor.
The Olympic gold medal winner is regarded as the greatest female on the planet and rightly so considering her medal haul includes four World, six European and five EU golds.
However, being the poster girl for female boxing the World over doesn’t make life easier and Taylor is adamant retaining her titles gets harder as the years go on.
The all time Irish great believes opponents raise their game against her in a bid to claim a scalp, but stresses that proves motivation for her ahead of major tournaments.
Taylor is currently in training for this year’s World Championships in South Korea in November and remains as motivated as ever.
“I want to make history in my sport, I want to be a highly decorated amateur champion and continue to win titles,” she told Johnny Lyons on 98FM’s Now That’s What I Call Sport
“Preparations are going great, I’ve been training hard all year, the Euros (Championships) went great and I’ve quickly switched my focus to these Worlds (Championships),
“I’ve a fight in Limerick and a fight in Cork coming up so yeah things are going really well and I’m feeling really strong and sharp and hopefully I’ll defend my title.
“It’s going to be tough and it’s always difficult to defend those titles. It doesn’t come easy and I think it gets harder and harder every year because you are going in as the one to beat and everyone raises their game against you, so I have to be at my very very best and box better than I’ve ever done before to win those competitions.”