Sunday 19 November 2017

Boxing: Tatar a threat to Taylor in China

Bernard O'Neill

TURKEY'S Gulsum Tatar has moved into second place behind Katie Taylor in the revised AIBA World lightweight rankings.

Tatar has proved to be a tough opponent and has beaten Taylor twice -- although the Bray woman has beaten her in three other bouts -- and the Turk claimed the world light-welterweight (64kg) title in 2008 and 2010. She has now moved down to lightweight (60kg), one of the Olympic Games qualifying classes at the World Women's Championships, which begin on Saturday in Qinhuangdao, China.

China's Cheng Dong, beaten by Taylor in the lightweight final at the last two World Championships, has dropped a place to third in the rankings.

However, it remains to be seen if Dong makes the China team for Olympic qualifiers as she was beaten by Liu Chang in the Chinese Championships.

American lightweight Queen Underwood, whom Taylor has beaten three times, is ranked No 7, while India's Laishram Devi Sarita is at nine.

Devi Sarita, who beat Dong (26-15) en route to gold at the Asian Women's Championships in Mongolia in March, could pose a threat to Taylor, who will be aiming for her fourth World title in a row in China.

Russia's 2006 World bantamweight champion Sofya Ochigava, who has moved up to lightweight and who is ranked 10th, is another contender.

The Irish team of Taylor, Cavan BC flyweight Ceire Smith and Drimnagh BC middle- weight Sinead Kavanagh have arrived in China.

Meanwhile, David Haye claims Dereck Chisora has got "a few screws loose" after agreeing to a very "personal" grudge match at Upton Park, London, on July 14.

The two heavyweights brawled after Chisora's world title defeat to Vitali Klitschko in in February. Glass bottles, tripods and punches flew in the scrap, and it was clear that there is still animosity between the pair when they met yesterday.

"This is definitely personal," Haye said. "This fight is about eradicating boxing of an idiot. I am so glad he has got a good chin because if he didn't he would be blasted out in the first round. I will give him a nice, slow, concussive beating."

Amir Khan faces a 24-hour wait before learning whether his two-belt world light-welterweight title rematch with Lamont Peterson will go ahead in 10 days' time after Golden Boy promoter Richard Schaefer claimed last night that the American had failed a steroids test.

Irish Independent

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