Tuesday 24 April 2018

Boxing: Taylor marches one step closer to retaining World crown

Katie taylor in the quarter-finals
Katie taylor in the quarter-finals

Bernard O'Neill

IRISH lightweight Katie Taylor marched into the last eight of the AIBA Women's World Championships after recording an emphatic last-16 victory over Adriana Araujo of Brazil in Barbados yesterday.

The Bray woman hammered the Pan-American champion 20-5 at the Garfield Sobers Sports Complex in Bridgetown. Taylor was 5-1, 11-2 and 16-4 ahead at the end of the first three rounds before adding another five points to her tally in the fourth and final round.

The 24-year old will now meet Anastasia Belyakova of Russia in tomorrow's quarter-finals and is just three bouts away from winning her third World title on the trot.

IABA director of boxing Dominic O'Rourke described Taylor's performance as outstanding -- despite the standing count in the final round.

"I thought that the other girl should have got the standing count," said O'Rourke. "The two of them connected at the same time and Katie's was the cleaner punch.

"Katie was absolutely brilliant. Her hand speed, particularly in the first two rounds, was fantastic."

Belfast's light-welterweight Allana Murphy and Dublin middleweight Sinead Kavanagh were both in action in the early hours of this morning against reigning World light-welterweight champion Gulsum Tatar of Turkey and China's Li Jinzi, respectively.

Kavanagh was reinstated in the championships on Sunday after Tunisian puncher Wided Younsi, who beat Kavanagh in their last-32 bout, was disqualified after she admitted that she once boxed professionally.

Just over 300 boxers representing 75 nations are competing in Barbados. The 2012 AIBA World Championships in China will act as the only qualifier for female boxers for the London Olympics.

Irish Independent

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