Monday 11 December 2017

Olympian boxer Katie Taylor goes one step closer to fourth World title with China win

Katie Taylor. Photo: Reuters
Katie Taylor. Photo: Reuters
Katie Taylor exchanges punches with Mavzuna Chorieva Tajikistan, during their LIghtweight Semi-Final bout. Photo: Sportsfile
16 May 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates after a walk over against Mihaela Lacatus, Romania, in their Lightweight 60kg Bout. The result means Katie qualifies for the London 2012 Olympic Games. AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, Qinhuangdao, China. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
Katie Taylor concentrates ahead of her semi-final bout against Yana Zavyalova of Ukraine. Photo: Reuters
Katie Taylor, Ireland, is declared the winner by referee Vladislav Malyshev, after a walk over against Mihaela Lacatus, Romania, in their Lightweight 60kg Bout. Photo: Sportsfile
16 May 2012; Katie Taylor, Ireland, is interviewed by members of the media, in the presence of her father and coach Pete Taylor, after a walk over against Mihaela Lacatus, Romania, in their the Lightweight 60kg Bout. The result means Katie qualifies for the London 2012 Olympic Games. AIBA Women's World Boxing Championships, Qinhuangdao, China. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

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OLYMPIC hopeful Katie Taylor today booked her place in the World Lightweight final with a comprehensive win in China.

The Bray boxer beat Tajikistan's Mavzuna Chorieva in the semi-final by 16:6 and she came one step closer to claiming her fourth AIBA World Lightweight title on the trot.



Taylor (25) is now aiming to win the world title for the fourth year in a row in tomorrow’s final.



Speaking to RTE television minutes after the fight she said she was thrilled with the win.



“I am delighted to be in the final and one step closer to retaining my world title,” she said.



She said that Chorieva had been very strong: “I had to keep her off with the jab. My dad said to keep my left hand very busy. I tried to pick her off as she was coming in and it worked perfectly. I wasn’t going to get drawn in.”



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.



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