Irish Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor linked with move to Arsenal

Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor has been linked with a move to WSL champions Arsenal, as rumours circulate that she will retire from boxing after the Olympics
Irish Olympic gold medallist and women's international footballer Katie Taylor has been linked with a move to Arsenal Ladies' FC amid speculation that she may retire from boxing.

Taylor has 15 international caps for the Republic of Ireland, and played for Dublin club Peamount United but took a step back from football in 2010 to focus on her boxing career. However, after winning a gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics, the 26-year-old could be set to hang up her gloves in favour of football.

Speaking before her victory in yesterday's final, Taylor's father and coach Pete told the Irish Independent of his wishes for Katie's future. "She's done everything, she's been boxing a long time now, she's sacrificed her life for boxing at the moment," he said. "Obviously, it's not my decision, it's Katie's decision. Whatever decision she makes, I will back her.

"We'll sit down as a family and speak about it. Maybe she'll go back playing a little football, it's a little bit safer."

Pete was also asked about speculation linking Katie with a move to the FA Women's Super League champions. "She's got a good few teams interested in her at the moment, but she's got to get back playing," Pete Taylor admitted.

After the fight, Katie Taylor denied that she was going to retire from boxing, telling the Guardian that she wants to continue fighting. "I know my father would like me to retire from boxing but I am going to box on, either in the amateurs or professional," Taylor said. "I don't know yet. But I want to carry on, at 26."