'She did not lose that fight' - Zaur Antia fumes over Katie Taylor's Olympic demise
Published 15/08/2016 | 16:09
Irish head coach Zaur Antia has vented his frustration after Katie Taylor bowed out to Finland's Mira Potkonen at the quarter-final stage of the Rio Olympics
The cloud that has hung over Irish boxing since Michael O'Reilly doping scandal broke on the eve of the Games has become even darker.
Michael Conlan is the sole Irish boxer remaining after Katie Taylor was beaten today on a split decision to the Finnish mother-of-two.
Taylor lost the second round on all three card but the remaining three rounds were very close and Zaur Antia voiced his indignation after the judges went against his fighter.
"Katie won the fight. She had good skills, sidesteps, great punches. What else can she do," the Georgian told RTE Sport.
"For three rounds she was chasing Potkonen but why do they not give them (to Katie). Boxing is hit, don't get hit.
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"Katie hit more, two times more than she got. What else can she do.
"She did not lose fight, That's it. She can't kill that girl, that girl is a good boxer. Boxing is growing, every fight will be very close but you have to take what you deserve.
"Nobody can convince me that this fight Katie lost.
"When it is a close fight I say it is... this wasn't close. The second round was close.
"You see her corner, they were not happy because they were not sure, they had no confidence. When they raise her hand you see how they jump."
Speaking after the fight, Taylor was convinced she had won the first, third and fourth rounds.
It was just her 10th defeat in 178 fights.