Irish boxer Katie Taylor raised the roof and the noise levels in London as she moved closer to an Olympic gold medal.
Taylor is regarded as the athlete whose brilliance helped women’s boxing onto the Olympic roster.
And she proved why as she demolished British hope Natasha Jonas in front of her home fans on Monday.
Roared on by thousands of Irish supporters at the ExCeL Arena, Taylor looked like a champion in waiting.
Those fans raised the decibel to record levels inside the stadium – and thousands more watching giant TV screens on the promenade in her hometown of Bray in County Wicklow.
The International Olympic Committee confirmed that the decibel level during the fight hit 113.7 - the highest recorded at the Games so far. In comparison, a jet engine hits 140 decibels.
Taylor said: “The atmosphere was unbelievable. I knew the support was going to be great, but I didn’t realize it was going to be so great.
“I just tried to stay calm and composed and I thank God for the victory.”
A crowd of 10,000 attended the ‘Get Out And Shout’ event to support world champion Taylor in her hometown of Bray, County Wicklow.
Here's footage from the crowd in London:
Event organiser Graham O’Neill said: “We were hoping for about 10,000 today and I’d say we got that easily. The Bray Summerfest is still going on so there was already a carnival atmosphere in the town.
“There was quite a young crowd here, a lot of families and everyone was cheering Katie on.
“The pubs were all packed too but they all look out on the bandstand so a lot of people were looking out on the big screen.
“She did us proud and got off to a brilliant start. I don’t want to jinx her but there can’t be any fights tougher than that.”
The town will again host a big screen party on Wednesday afternoon when Taylor meets Manzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan in the semi-final.
O’Neill added: “She’s just one fight away from the final now and everyone in town is really excited.
“If she makes it there the plan is to move the screen up to the Ballywaltrim area of the town, where Katie is from.
“There is a bit of boxing to go before that but everything is looking good so far.”
The ice cool Taylor is taking it all in her stride after guaranteeing Ireland’s second medal of the games following John Joe Nevin’s boxing success on Sunday.
Katie told the Irish Sun: “Hopefully by the end of the week, I’ll be Olympic champion, that’s what I came here for.
“It was unbelievable, the atmosphere was incredible. I just thank God for a great victory; He’s my strength and my shield every time I step in the ring.
“I’ve been waiting all my life for this moment. It was hard not to get excited, the atmosphere was incredible.”
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