In her usual modest style , Ireland’s Katie Taylor, accepted her second successive AIBA World Female Boxer of the Year award, from newly re-elected AIBA President Dr Ching –Kuo Wu, at the organisation’s annual congress in Almaty, Kazakhstan, preferring to concentrate on the inclusion of women’s boxing in the Olympic Games than on her own achievements.
The 24 years old, European and European Union champion, from Bray, had won the previous award in Moscow two years ago. Addressing the several hundred delegates in Almaty (which for Katie was probably a bigger ordeal than anything she has faced in the ring!), Ms Taylor commented that she accepted the award on behalf of all the people who worked so hard behind the scenes to make women’s boxing an Olympic sport (in London 2012).
“I would like to thank AIBA for this award. It’s a huge honour to receive this award above all the great female boxers in the world” , she said.
“I’m so happy that women’s boxing is included in the London Olympics and I would like to collect this award on behalf of everyone who made that happen. In London 2012 we are going to show the world what women’s boxing can do.”
The male boxer of the year award went to the 25-year-old Artur Beterbiev from Magnitogorsk in the Russian Federation – the reigning World and European Champion.