Katie Taylor, the world champion Irish boxer, has declared that women athletes never receive the same level as respect of their male counterparts.

"Being a female in any sport, whether you are a referee or an athlete, you are always going to be faced with [sexism]," Ms Taylor said.

The all-star boxer, who has been a World Champion for the last three years says she is in a constant struggle to gain recognition in what she describes as a “man’s world."

"Men are always going to have opinions. It is a man's world, at the end of the day, especially in sport. It is so male-dominated, but I don't look too much into it. I just get on with things," she said.