Tuesday 22 May 2018

Nobody knew how to react after Katie Taylor suffered her first defeat since 2011

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

It had been so long since Katie Taylor had last lost a fight, nobody could quite believe it.

You have to go all the way back to a minor event in Bulgaria in 2011 for the last time Taylor dropped a decision - a time when a lot of casual fans barely knew who she was.

The loss to Yana Alexseevna means that Taylor doesn't qualify for the Olympics today, but unless she fails to make the semi-finals of next month's world championships in Astana, she will be in Rio to defend her Olympic crown this summer.

READ: Katie Taylor suffers shock defeat in Olympic qualifier as Rio hopes in jeopardy 

Still, it was hard to see the woods from the trees after such a surprising defeat. Most people never even considered that Taylor might lose a fight, and reacted accordingly.

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