Tuesday 19 March 2019

Katie Taylor secures silver and a chance of Olympic Gold

Katie Taylor is declared the winner over Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva
Katie Taylor lands a punch on her opponent Mavzuna Chorieva
Katie Taylor kisses her glove during the fight
Katie Taylor is declared the winner over Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva
Katie celebrates her win
Katie celebrates her win

Vincent Hogan in London

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.

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