Tuesday 16 January 2018

Boxing: Taylor taking nothing for granted

IRISH coach Peter Taylor has insisted that nothing will be taken for granted against Neetu Chahal when his daughter Katie opens her bid for a third AIBA World title in Barbados.

Taylor begins her campaign in the last 32 at the Garfield Sobers Gym in Bridgetown in the early hours of Sunday morning.

The 23-year-old Bray lightweight has won two World, four European and three European Union titles since 2001, winning 95 of 101 duels.

Chahal is being tipped as a star of the future in Indian boxing, but little is known about the 21-year old Hariba club woman.

"India are a strong boxing nation and nothing can be taken for granted against them," said Taylor Snr. "We'll be treating every opponent out here with the utmost respect."

If Taylor comes through this four-rounder she'll meet either Adriana Araujo of Brazil or Leeann Boodram of Trinidad and Tobago in the last 16 on Monday.

Anastasia Belyakova of Russia is on the other side of the draw, as is Aslan Meryem of Turkey. The Ukraine's Oleksandra Sydorenko is also in the running to make the last eight.

Belyakova was named in the Russian squad in place of Sofya Ochigava, who controversially beat Taylor in the Usti Na Labem Grand Prix in the Czech Republic last March. That was Taylor's first defeat in 42 bouts.

It is understood that Ochigava is injured. However, many believe that the Russians do not want to hand Taylor the opportunity to set the record straight before the 2012 World Championships and Olympic qualifiers in China.

Irish Independent

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