Boxing: Irish chief slams Ochigava slurs
IRISH team manager Anna Moore has slammed Sofya Ochigava after the Russian launched a broadside against Katie Taylor on an influential Irish boxing website.
Ochigava predicted the fall of Taylor and said that she can't wait for the 2013 European Championships, which could be in Ireland.
The Russian southpaw was beaten by Taylor in the 2012 Olympic and AIBA World finals and the 2011 European final.
Taylor announced last week that she won't be turning pro and will be aiming for a second gold medal at the Rio Olympics -- and Ochigava is eager for a rematch
"So Katie is staying amateur. I'm delighted to hear that. Roll on the Euros. You're about to witness the fall of your golden girl and she won't have daddy to hold her hand," she said.
Moore was distinctly unimpressed by those comments.
"I'm fond of Sofya and I could understand her disappointment immediately after the Olympic final after Katie beat her, but I'm very disappointed in her if she did say those thing now," said Moore.
The Russian could be handed the opportunity to avenge her three losses to Taylor in Ireland next year as the Irish Amateur Boxing Association have bid to hold the 2013 European Women's Championships.
Liverpool southpaw Natasha Jonas, who was beaten by Taylor in a cracking quarter-final at London 2012, is also delighted that the world No 1 is remaining in the amateur ranks.
"I would love a rematch in Rio. A rematch in the final would be great. I believe if you want to be the best you have to beat the best and if anyone ever dethrones her (Taylor) they can honestly say they are the best.
"Whatever sport or activity she tries her hand at she will be a world beater."
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