Updated: Monday, 26 March 2012 15:37 | By pa.press.net

Katie Taylor

Ireland Katie Taylor

Boxer Katie Taylor in action in the ring. (© Press Association)

Boxer Katie Taylor (left) in action in the ring.

Born: 02/06/1986

Place of birth: Bray

Event: Boxing

Previous Olympics: 0

Previous medals: 0

Katie Taylor has waited a long time to make her mark on the inaugural women's Olympic boxing tournament.

She has a significant boxing pedigree - her father Peter was 1986 Irish senior light-heavyweight champion and she made history at the age of just 15 by winning the first-ever officially-sanctioned women's boxing match held in Ireland.

Taylor has dominated the 60 kilograms category at the European and World Amateur Championships since 2005 and has established a reputation as one of the leading names in the sport.

As well as being handy in the ring, Taylor is a keen footballer and has captained the national women's team.