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Boxing: Katie into semis

Katie Taylor cruised into the semi-finals of the sixth AIBA World Women's Championships with a comfortable win over Russian lightweight Anastasia Belyakova in Barbados last night.

The Bray woman, who is aiming for her third world title in-a-row, claimed a 16-1 verdict over four two-minute rounds at the Garfield Sports Complex in Bridgetown.

Taylor, 24, will now meet either Queen Underwood of the USA or Denitsa Eliseeva of Bulgaria -- two opponents she has beaten comprehensively in the past -- in tomorrow's 60Kg semi-final.