Wednesday 11 December 2019

Boxing: Taylor coaches vent their concerns over scoring

Pete Talor: Unhappy with judging. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE
Pete Talor: Unhappy with judging. Picture credit: Pat Murphy / SPORTSFILE

Bernard O'Neill

IRISH coaches Pete Taylor and Zaur Antia were left shaking their heads at some of the scoring at the AIBA World Elite Women's Championships in Jeju, South Korea yesterday.

Katie Taylor claimed victory in yesterday's lightweight semi-final with China's Yunhua Yin on a TKO after Yin's corner threw in the towel directly after the start of the fourth and final round.

Yin appeared to have injured her right hand. The Chinese southpaw was tricky and fast on her feet up to that point, but Taylor was landing the majority of punches. The judges from Algeria and Azerbaijan had Taylor 30-27 and 29-28 ahead when Yin's seconds flung in the towel, but incredibly, the judge from the Philippines had Yin 29-28 in front and winning rounds two and three.

Amateur boxing is scored under the AIBA 10-point must system. The winner of each round must get ten points. The loser gets nine points or lower.

"I was surprised that the towel came in. It looked like she hurt her hand in the third round," said Taylor.

"Sometimes you have to be really patient against those kind of boxers. It's a game of patience most of the time."

Her coach and father, Pete Taylor, admitted that the second round was close.

"The girl never tried to make the fight. She was on the back foot for the whole fight. The second round was a close round, but we still won that round by domination," he said.

Team Ireland are due to arrive home from South Korea via Dublin Airport at 5.40pm tomorrow.

Elsewhere, Manny Pacquiao knocked down American challenger Chris Algieri six times to retain his WBO welterweight championship in Macau on Sunday morning.

Meanwhile, Tony Bellew has accused Nathan Cleverly of running scared in Saturday's grudge rematch at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Bellew won a split decision in their WBO & WBA Intercontinental cruiserweight showdown to claim revenge after losing the first fight between the pair three years ago.

However, the Liverpudlian Bellew was upset by Cleverly's performance and at failing to be declared the winner on all three of the judges' scorecards.

"I didn't get the knockout that I wanted, but I've won and I've won clearly. I really feel I've won a fight and won it by a landslide, an easy fight at the office," he said.

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