Ireland’s gold medalist Katie Taylor has decided to remain amateur and defend her title in Rio in 2016.

The 26-year-old became an Irish legend after winning the gold in London 2012 and is Ireland’s most popular sports figure.

There had been strong speculation she would turn pro and get offered some lucrative paydays

However, she has decided to pass on that.

“Boxing for my country, there’s nothing better than that really and bringing home medals for my country,” Taylor told the Ray D’Arcy Show on Today FM.

“I’m going to stay amateur and hopefully I’ll defend my title in Rio in four years time.”

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