Wednesday 17 January 2018

Boxing: Taylor defence off to flier

Bernard O'Neill

KATIE TAYLOR got her World title defence up and running with a comfortable 12-2 win over Neetu Chalal of India at the sixth Women's World Championships at the Garfield Sports Complex in Bridgetown, Barbados, on Saturday night.

Taylor, aiming for her third World title on the trot, meets Pan American champ Adriana Araujo of Brazil -- who KO'd Leeann Boodram of Trinidad and Tobago in the second round on Saturday -- in the last-16 of the competition tonight.

Belfast light-welterweight Allana Murphy will be also be involved in a last-16 this evening, against reigning World champion Gulsum Tatar of Turkey, a repeat of last month's EU clash which Tatar won 4-0.

Taylor's win was the 24-year-old Bray woman's 96th victory from 102 fights since 2001.

A thundering right-hook in the first round almost brought the contest to a premature end but Chalal managed to stay up and see the contest through.

Araujo will provide a sterner test. However, Taylor -- 2008 AIBA World female boxer of the year -- insists she feels no pressure going into the bout.

"The pressure of having to perform helps me to perform better," she said. "There is pressure on me to win in every bout but I've learnt to deal with it and I don't let it get to me as I just concentrate on my performance."

Dublin middleweight Sinead Kavanagh lost 14-6 to Wided Younsi on Friday. However, Kavanagh, from Drimnagh BC, has been reinstated after it was found that Younsi has boxed professionally. Consequently, the Tunisian has been suspended and Kavanagh will now meet Li Jinzi of China in the last-16.

Ceire Smith (17) was beaten 14-1 by Nilmini Jayasinghe of Sri Lanka.

Irish Independent

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