Katie Taylor loses first world championship bout since 2005
Published 26/05/2016 | 15:19
Katie Taylor's bid for a sixth world championship crown came up short after she was beaten by France's Estelle Mossely in the semi-finals in Astana today.
Taylor appeared to rediscover her top form during the early rounds of the tournament but her final four bout was far trickier, although the Bray boxer took the first round in a tight two-minute contest.
The second round was equally close, with Mossely getting the decision on two of the cards after landing some impressive punches.
Taylor looked fatigued in the third as the Frenchwoman found her range and connected with a series of powerful shots but the Olympic champion showed great powers of recovery to ultimately take the round.
The final round was hotly contested also, but the five-time world champion's effort to land a sixth crown was scuppered after her opponent finished strongly to nick the decision at the death.
It is the second defeat for Taylor in a short period.
Her aura of invincibility was dented by her unanimous points reversal to Yana Alekseevna last month at the Olympic Qualification Tournament in Samsun.
However, her latest defeat comes with a silver lining - her Olympic place at Rio was secured secure and a world championship bronze medal won due to her quarter-final win.
Taylor hadn't lost a fight at the world championships since 2005 when she dropped her quarter-final encounter with Kang Kum-Hui of North Korea.
Of course, Taylor's defeats at her last two tournaments have come without her father Pete Taylor in her corner, who has been a mainstay throughout her successful career.
The elder Taylor stepped away from his fight duties before his daughter's Olympic qualifying event, with no timetable put on his return.
"I don't know you'll have to ask him that question," was Taylor's reply when asked by Independent.ie last month whether her dad would be back in her corner for the Rio Olympics.