Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor hits out after plans for Tokyo 2020 are suspended

Taylor was champion at the London 2012 Olympics (PA Images)
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London 2012 boxing champion Katie Taylor has hit out at the possible exclusion of her sport from the Tokyo Games.

The lightweight gold medalist was speaking after the International Olympic Committee announced it had launched an investigation into the sport's governing body, the International Boxing Association (Aiba)over concerns surrounding finance and governance. 

As a result, the IOC said it had put plans on hold for the boxing competition.

But Taylor hit back: "To be at a point where it is close to being thrown out of the Olympics is absolutely disgraceful," said the Irish fighter. "It's a great place for people to develop your skills and to step into the professional game after being in the Olympics."

She added: "All I ever dreamed of as a child was to become an Olympic champion.

"Boxing definitely needs amateur boxing and definitely needs amateur boxing in the Olympic Games. It would be a huge blow to the sport if that was thrown out."

Taylor, who turned pro in 2016, is now bidding to become a world champion at two weights as she steps up to the super lightweight category to fight WBO title holder Christina Linardatou in Manchester on November 2.

The Irish boxer believes boxing needs amateur boxing (PA Images)