katie two bouts from crown
HAVING secured her Olympic qualification yesterday without throwing a punch, Katie Taylor will now turn her attention to Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva in tomorrow morning's semi-final as she aims to edge one step closer to claiming her fourth AIBA World lightweight title on the trot.
The 19-year-old Tajik champion claimed a silver medal at the 2012 Asian Championships and was only edged out on a countback by Queen Underwood (USA) at the 2010 AIBA World Women's Championships.
Taylor (25) is now guaranteed at least bronze after receiving a walkover against her quarter-final opponent, the Romanian 2005 World champion Mihaela Lacatus yesterday.
The walkover, combined with Chorieva's win over Estelle Mossely of France, qualified Taylor for the 30th Olympiad.
Just three Olympic places were available for European boxers in Taylor's lightweight class, and Chorieva's win ensured that only three Europeans could reach the last-four stage.
Almost poetically, Chorieva beat Mossely 20-1. In the other semi-final, Russia's Sofya Ochigava will face England's Natasha Jonas.