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Taylor was born and raised in Bray, County Wicklow. She is the daughter of Peter Taylor former Irish Light Heavyweight Champion.

Taylor first began boxing in 1998, aged 11. At 15, she fought the first officially sanctioned female boxing match in Ireland at the National Stadium. She is a two-weight world champion and the current undisputed lightweight champion, having held the WBA title since 2017; the IBF title since 2018; and the WBC, WBO, and Ring magazine titles since 2019 in 2019, she became one of only seven boxers in history, female or male, to hold all four major world titles in boxing—WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO.