Katie Taylor getting ready for her fight against Elizabeth Carabajal in London on Oct. 29 last. [Inpho/Matchroom/Matthew Pover]

Katie pledges to continue career

Katie Taylor has brushed off any talk of retirement after confirming a rematch with Chantelle Cameron is being lined up for November. The Bray boxer suffered a first professional defeat to the undisputed super lightweight champion at the Three Arena in Dublin last month. Taylor says she has regrets over her preparation for the fight and has plans to alter her approach to the next fight. The Dublin homecoming brought a great deal of media commitments and attention to Taylor, while an emotional ring entrance was also perceived as lengthy and perhaps energy-sapping. Some commentators said that Taylor, who will be 37 in July, should quit, but Katie herself has no such plans. 

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She said: ‘‘I don’t even know what retirement means. I definitely don’t feel like it’s time for me to retire. It will happen one day in the future, but now my sights are set on securing a rematch with Chantelle. I haven’t looked back on the fight yet. I think the right person won. I have to take the loss and move on from it. I’m just excited to get back to America to start training again for the rematch. There is definitely a lot I would do differently. That is part of a loss. You have to learn from it. You always learn more from your failures and disappointments than your victories. That is where the growth happens during those moments. I will learn from this. I definitely didn’t feel myself in there. I did feel very, very tired straight away. I will just have to go back to the drawing board.’’