Sunday 24 September 2017

Boxing: Taylor closes in on five-in-a-row after cruising into decider

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Bernard O'Neill

KATIE TAYLOR has moved to within one win of claiming her fifth successive EU title after a comfortable victory over Mira Potkonen in Keszthely, Hungary.

The Olympic champion yesterday hammered out a unanimous decision over the Finn, who took a standing count in the fourth, over four two-minute rounds by the shores of Lake Balaton.

Taylor will now meet France's Estelle Mossely – who shaded England's Natasha Jonas on a split decision in the other semi-final yesterday – in today's decider. Taylor's dad and coach, Pete Taylor, is expecting a difficult fight today.

"The French girl is quick and she's tough and she had a good victory over Natasha Jonas today. She's improved a lot over the last few years and it will be a hard final," he said.

"We're happy with today's performance, but I thought that the Finnish girl should have taken a few more counts.

"They're really letting them whack each other out here without giving counts."

Taylor Snr added that the World No 1 has to keep the pressure on under the '10-point must' scoring system used in professional boxing, which has replaced computer scoring .

"This is Katie's first tournament under '10-point must'. You have to press every round because you don't know if you're ahead or not," he added.

Meanwhile, Leanne Murphy hammered out a unanimous decision over Croatia's Dainjela Vernic to join Taylor in today's senior finals, but Claire Grace lost to France's Erika Guerrier.

Kristina O'Hara, Niamh Ball, Amy Broadhurst, Ciara Sheedy, Grainne Gavin and Jacqui Lynch are through to today's youth and junior finals.

Irish Independent

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