TAYLA HARRIS of the Allies marks during the AFL Women's State of Origin match between Victoria and the Allies at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images
Carlton AFLW star Tayla Harris intends juggling her sporting passions for several more years and taking her burgeoning boxing career to an international level.
An unbeaten professional pugilist with a record of four wins and a draw, 23-year-old-Harris fights debutant Renee Gartner on the undercard of the Tim Tszyu-Dwight Ritchie bout in Sydney on Wednesday.
Blues forward Harris played in front of 53,034 spectators at this year's AFLW grand final at Adelaide Oval.
Apart from her sporting prowess Harris also earned plenty of plaudits for the way she conducted herself earlier this year, after she was trolled over an iconic photo which highlighted her athleticism.
After Wednesday, she hopes to squeeze in at least one more fight before the next AFLW season.
'"I'm pretty good at juggling things so far, so I'll so just keep doing so and see what happens," Harris said.
"I'm pretty fortunate right now, especially timing-wise. I'm just building up to big things (in boxing) and footy isn't going to be a full-time commitment for a while yet
'I potentially could last my whole sporting career doing both and hopefully I don't have to make any defining decisions between the two, but if that comes then I'll have to choose.
"But definitely not now or in the next five years or so I wouldn't have thought.
"I've got to make sure that people understand that boxing is there as much as footy is for me, so it's not as if it's a side thing."
Harris praised the Blues hierarchy, especially CEO Kane Little and president Mark LoGiudice for their support of her boxing endeavours.
She also said aspired to make an impact on both the domestic and world boxing stages and to fight overseas.
"I'm of the opinion I have to get the Australian (middleweight) title first, which is my next goal," she said.
"I had a draw for that in my last fight and I'll get that and then we'll pursue international opportunities after."
She felt Australians were ready to embrace women's boxing, which does not have a high profile yet and stressed the professional approach being adopted by people like Gartner and herself.
"We're not doing anything half-arsed, it's not as if we're just saying a few weeks out we'll do it for fun, it's definitely a full commitment that we've made," she said.
Harris said boxing made her super fit and mentally ready for the AFLW season and that football also benefited her fighting.
"I've got a style that is unconventional I think, which is a good thing for me," she said.