KATIE TAYLOR has rejected any talk of retirement.
The 36-year-old is looking forward to her next fight and is hoping for a rematch with Chantelle Cameron.
Taylor suffered her first professional loss at the hands of Cameron on May 20 in Dublin. The 2012 Olympic gold medalist went from lightweight to super lightweight to challenge the 32-year-old.
On a night that was doubled as Taylor’s homecoming, Cameron proved too strong and too accurate over 10 rounds.
After a long career and close, hard fights with Natasha Jonas, Delfine Persoon, Amanda Serrano and Cameron, some commented that maybe she should retire.
“I don’t even know what retirement means. I definitely don’t feel it’s time to retire,” she told RTE.
“That will happen one day in the future, but right now my focus is on securing a rematch with Chantelle.
“I’m going through fight after fight and year after year, but right now I’m not going to end my career like that. I’m excited to go back there and perform. It’s my passion and I’m so grateful to be able to do it every day.”
The Bray Bomber revealed that she had yet to watch the replay of the fight and added that “she would have done a lot of things differently.”
“I think the right person won. I have to accept the loss and move on. I’m just excited to be back in America to start training again for the rematch.
“It’s part of the loss,” she said. “You have to learn it. You always learn more from your failures and disappointments (than from your victories). This is where the growth takes place in these moments.
“I will learn from this. I definitely didn’t feel like myself there. I immediately felt very, very tired. I’ll just have to go back to the drawing board.
Meanwhile, Cameron has already said she’s happy to fight Taylor again in Ireland and would be willing to go down to her opponent’s natural weight of 135 pounds.