Taylor: ‘I Want To Leave A Great Legacy’
As one of the top fighters in boxing today, Katie Taylor is all about making moments. The 33-year-old from Bray, Ireland is looking to add to her already established career with fights that can secure her legacy.
Speaking with Sky Sports, Taylor stated that her goal is to follow the path of some of the greats that have graced a boxing ring.
“It’s all about legacy for me. I want to leave a great legacy, I want to be involved in the best fights,” Taylor stated. “Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, and Tommy Hearns fought each other in their primes and will be remembered for generations because of that… That’s the sort of legacy I want to leave.”
Taylor is the current WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight Champion. She also won the WBO Junior-Welterweight Title from Christina Linardatou back in November. Collecting titles puts a target on her back, something she welcomes.
The Olympic gold medalist brought up Muhammad Ali fighting Joe Frazier, George Foreman, and Ken Norton as examples of a star building their legacy. She is currently set to defend her lightweight titles against seven-division champion Amanda Serrano. Originally set for May 2, the fight was moved to a later date (rumored to be July) as a result of the coronavirus. If she were to win, Taylor has her eyes on Cecilia Braekhus, the undisputed welterweight champion.
“I’m fighting Serrano next, there has been talk of me fighting Braekhus, and the Persoon rematch is very important. I’d be happy to fight those three next,” Taylor went on to say. “They are huge fights and I want to be involved in the best fights possible. We are all still in our primes. That’s what makes these mega-fights so special.”
Taylor fought Persoon inside Madison Square Garden last June. Beating her via majority decision, it was a bout that she had to dig deep in to secure the win. As a result, Taylor is looking to avoid any doubt in a rematch, whenever it may be.
“The Persoon rematch is important because a lot of people had her winning the fight, so I definitely need to put that to bed,” Taylor said. “The next time I fight her I’ll put on a better performance… I’m looking forward to the rematch and to put on a dominating performance.”
With several fighters to face, to Taylor, they are just in her path to greatness.