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Taylor's rival off the record

Published 12/02/2014 | 02:30

Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates defeating Sofya Ochigava of Russia to win gold during the women's boxing Lightweight final of the 2012 London Olympic Games
Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates defeating Sofya Ochigava of Russia to win gold during the women's boxing Lightweight final of the 2012 London Olympic Games

AS Katie Taylor steps up preparations for her European title defence, speculation has increased that Russia's Sofya Ochigava has retired.

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There is no record of the Russian having fought in any international or domestic tournament since she lost the 2012 Olympic lightweight final to Taylor.

Four years ago, Ochigava was adjudged to have beaten Taylor 8-1 in the Usti Grand Prix semi-final in the Czech Republic but that outrageous 8-1 result proved to be a false dawn, as Taylor beat Ochigava in the 2011 European and 2012 World and Olympic finals.

Ochigava could resurface for the 2014 European Championships in Romania in June and Taylor will have three fights in three days at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork and Dungarvan, Waterford on May 1, 2 and 3 to prepare for Bucharest. Croatia's Marija Petric and Sweden's Anais Kistler are her opponents for the St John's BC-hosted tournaments in Cork.

Irish Independent

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