The only major sporting event that many Irish people will really care about in 2020 is when two-weight world champion Katie Taylor, 33, take to the ring.

Taylor, arguably Ireland's greatest ever athlete, has fought three world champions in 2019. She beat them all.

It's a winning streak that's put the ghost of her 2016 Olympics (and the judging controversies) loss behind her.

Now she is aiming for fights with fellow champions Amanda Serrano and Cecilia Braekhus, as well as a rematch with opponent Delfine Persoon.

Taylor recently told Sky Sports News: “I just want to be involved in big fights really and there's so many possible opponents out there for me.”

“Obviously the rematch with Delfine Persoon and there's a possibility of stepping up another weight class and fighting Cecilia Braekhus, who's another undisputed champion.”

“So you can imagine, undisputed champion against undisputed champion, these are history-making fights.”

Born and raised in Bray, County Wicklow the daughter of an Irish mother Bridget and English father Peter, Katie first began boxing in 1998, aged 11.

At 15, she fought the first officially sanctioned female boxing match in Ireland at the National Stadium and defeated Alanna Audley from Belfast.

Recently named the Yahoo Sports Female Boxer of the Year, this Christmas she capped off a brilliant year surrounded by her friends and family.

Posting on Instagram, Taylor said: “Merry Christmas everyone” while posting a number of cosy family pictures.

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A recent Extra.ie survey named Taylor as the sporting hero of the decade, with an impressive 3 in 4 respondents (75%) naming her their top pick.

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