Tuesday 23 January 2018

Boxing: Taylor refuses to let revenge cloud focus for semi-final

Bernard O'Neill

KATIE TAYLOR won't be looking beyond today's European Championships semi-final with Helena Falk to a possible rematch with Sofya Ochigava, her coach and father Peter insists.

Taylor (25) meets Sweden's Falk in the last four in Rotterdam this afternoon just two wins away from winning her fifth straight title.

Russia's Ochigava, who controversially beat Taylor last year, faces Bulgaria's Denista Eliseeva in the other 60kg semi-final. Taylor and Ochigava are hot favourites to advance to tomorrow's decider.

However, Taylor senior reckons both will have their work cut out today.

"They're both in against world class opponents and nothing can be taken for granted. It has only been a few weeks since Katie beat the Swedish girl, but she's very dangerous," he said. "The Bulgarian girl is also very tricky. Katie is the only one to have beaten her in the last few years.

"There's no way we're looking beyond the semi-finals to a final with anyone. Katie very proud of the fact that she is the World and European champion and she wants to keep it that way.

"She's already won five medals in a row at this level because she is guaranteed bronze here. That's an amazing achievement in itself, but the gold medal is the one she wants. If she does win, we'll then focus on who she'll face in the final."

Meanwhile, the National U-21 Championships semi-finals will be decided at the National Stadium tonight. The finals will be held this day week.

Irish Independent

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