Katie Taylor secures silver and a chance of Olympic Gold
KATIE Taylor will box for Olympic Gold tomorrow after delivering another technical master-class at the ExCel Arena.
The Bray girl proved far too good for Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva in today's semi-final and will now face Russian number two seed, Sofya Ochigava, in a repeat of this year's World Championships final, which Taylor won.
Yet again, Taylor enjoyed extraordinary support in the London Eastend arena and quickly made her superior ring-craft count against the hard-charging Chorieva. She picked the Tajik off at will with lightning combinations, easing into a 3-1lead at the end of the first round.
Already they were singing the Fields of Athenry and, when Taylor took the second 4-2, there was a sense of her easing away from Chorieva.
Thereafter, it was largely one-way traffic, the Bray girl picking off an out-classed opponent with wonderful combinations.
She was given the third round on a 6-3 scoreline and, taking 13-6 lead into the fourth, she was never going to be beaten. The final score was 17-9 in Taylor's favour, giving all four rounds in her favour.
As expected, Ochigava came through a tough battle with Adriana Araujo of Brazil in today's other semi-final.