Thursday 8 December 2016

Taylor's history bid delayed as Worlds moved back to May

Bernard O'Neill

Published 30/10/2015 | 02:30

The change of dates means that Katie Taylor could also have already qualified for Rio before she defends her World lightweight crown
The change of dates means that Katie Taylor could also have already qualified for Rio before she defends her World lightweight crown

Katie Taylor will have to wait another four months before getting a shot at matching the all-time record of Cuban legend Felix Savon.

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The Olympic champion had a six-week plan in place to target her sixth successive title at the Women's World Elite Championships in January.

However, the International Boxing Association yesterday changed the dates for the tournament in Kazakhstan, which doubles up as a qualifier for the Rio Olympics, to May 16-28 - apparently for logistical reasons.

The change of dates means that Taylor could also have already qualified for Rio before she defends her World lightweight crown, with the final European Olympic qualifier scheduled for Istanbul from April 20 to May 1.

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So far, World Series of Boxing champion Paddy Barnes, World Elite champion Michael Conlan and European Elite champion Joe Ward have qualified for Rio.

The change of dates for the women's championships means that Billy Walsh's first competition as USA Boxing head coach will come at the Americas Olympics qualifiers in Buenos Aires from March 8-20.

The USA Olympic trials conclude this weekend in Memphis, where Walsh is busy getting to know his new staff as well as the boxers with whom he will be working.

Meanwhile, the National Intermediate Championships conclude at Dublin's National Stadium this weekend.

The semi-finals will be decided tonight, with the finals sure to attract a big crowd tomorrow.

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