Taylor Advances to Semi
by Bernard O'Neill
November 26, 2008
(NOV 26) Katie Taylor is guaranteed at
least a bronze medal at the 5th AIBA Women's World Championships in
Ningbo City, China following a quarter final blitzkrieg of Argentine
lightweight Peralta Celeste this morning. The Bray woman, the
current World, European and European Union champion, forced Celeste into
two standing counts before the fight was stopped in the first round with
the 22 year old Irishwoman 10-1 up.
Taylor, whose dad Peter, a former Irish senior champion, is working her
corner at the Ningbo Youngor Gymnasium, will meet Ayzznat Gadzhieva of
Russia in Friday's 60Kg semi final.
Speaking after this mornings fight, Taylor said that she was very
pleased with her performance against Celeste.
She said: "I felt very sharp in there and by timing was good and
everything flowed for me She was a very tall opponent and I was
expecting a tougher fight. I'm delighted with the win and I will now
build myself up for my next challenge."
Today's victory maintains the Irish Amateur Boxing Associations
remarkable sequence of having won medals at every international
tournament entered this year.
This includes the Olympics Games, the World Youth Championships, the
European Championships, the European Union Championships (men's and
women's) - and now the Women's World Championships, to name but five.
Dong Cheng of China and Cindy Orain of France will contest the other
60Kg semi final.
Tomorrow is a rest day at the 5th AIBA Women's World Championships.
The semi finals and finals will be held Friday and Saturday. For further
information log unto aiba.org
5th AIBA Women's World Championships Results and Draw
60Kg:Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Emma Carruthers (Australia) 20-3