Tuesday 21 November 2017

Comfortable victory for Katie Taylor in Kerry

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Sean McGoldrick

Olympic champion Katie Taylor has comfortably outpointed American rival Queen Underwood to record her 61st consecutive win in the ring.

The clash – a repeat of the 2010 World championship semi-final - was the highlight of a sell-out show staged in the Mount Brandon Hotel in Tralee, Co Kerry.

It was Taylor's second win in twenty four hours – on Friday night she outpointed Serbian native Jelina Jelic at a show in the Mallow GAA Complex in north Cork.

Roared on my hundreds of fans the Bray pugilist earned a unanimous points win after four rounds against the 31 year old former Pan American champion, who had indicated that the fight would be her last in the amateur ranks.

The pair have clashed on four occasion with Katie, the five time world champion, winning them all. This victory means Taylor's record on Irish soil is 46-0 while her overall record is an impressive 163-7.

These two fights were part of her preparations ahead of the first Olympic qualifying tournament for women's boxers based in Europe which will be held in April in the Turkish city of Samsun. The finalists in the 60kg lightweight division will qualify for Rio.

The main women's qualifying tournament for the Rio Olympics is the World championships in Kazakhstan in May. Four boxers from each of the three women's Olympic weight divisions will earn their tickets to Rio at this event.

While Katie will be aiming to win her sixth world title in Astana she may have already qualified to defend their Olympic title by then.

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