Olympian boxer Katie Taylor goes one step closer to fourth World title with China win
OLYMPIC hopeful Katie Taylor today booked her place in the World Lightweight final with a comprehensive win in China.
The Bray boxer beat Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva in the semi-final by 16:6 and she came one step closer to claiming her fourth AIBA World Lightweight title on the trot.
Taylor (25) is now aiming to win the world title for the fourth year in a row in tomorrow’s final.
Speaking to RTE television minutes after the fight she said she was thrilled with the win.
“I am delighted to be in the final and one step closer to retaining my world title,” she said.
She said that Chorieva had been very strong: “I had to keep her off with the jab. My dad said to keep my left hand very busy. I tried to pick her off as she was coming in and it worked perfectly. I wasn’t going to get drawn in.”
The 19-year-old Tajik champion claimed a silver medal at the 2012 Asian Championships and was only edged out on a countback by Queen Underwood (USA) at the 2010 AIBA World Women's Championships.