Taylor aiming for 2012 Olympics after retaining world title
Immediately afterwards, Irish team manager Anna Moore described Taylor’s performance as ‘absolutely brilliant’.
She said: ‘Katie was 6-0 up at the end of the first round and there was no stopping her after that. It was a brilliant performance from her from start to finish and we are all absolutely thrilled.’
As well as being crowned world lightweight champion, Katie Taylor also picked up the award for boxer of the tournament.
She will be presented with that award at the World Cup in Moscow on December 12 where she will also receive the best boxer of 2008 award from AIBA, the World amateur boxing chiefs.
Despite being the only Irish boxer competing in the World championships, Katie’s gold put Ireland in sixth spot in the medals table and she also maintained the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s remarkable sequence of having won medals at every tournament they entered this year.
China, who were using a 13 strong squad, finished in number one position after claiming five gold medals.
In the semi-final Katie Taylor produced a master-class of boxing when recording a resounding 20-2 win over two times Russian national champion Ayzznat Gadzhieva.
It was right hands and left hooks all the way from the 22 year old Bray woman, who was 6-1 ahead at the end of the first and 13-2 in front at the end of the second, before adding another seven points to her total in the third and final round.
Commentating on the result, Taylor’s dad and coach Peter Taylor said that it had been his daughter’s best performance of the tournament so far.
Taylor senior also revealed that there were a lot of fairly vocal Irish fans at the Ningbo Gymnasium and added: ‘Katie gave a master-class this morning. She was absolutely outstanding. She’s improving with every bout at these Championships.
‘The Russian girl came to box and was attacking all the time but Katie picked her off superbly with counter punches’, he said.
‘A lot of Irish fans arrived down from Beijing to cheer Katie on and they created a terrific atmosphere. The Fields of Athenry got a great blast’.
Earlier in the championships Katie Taylor performed a quarter-final blitzkrieg of Argentine lightweight Peralta Celeste.
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, said after the fight that she was very pleased with her performance against Celeste.
She declared: ‘I felt very sharp in there and my 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.’
Katie Taylor progressed to the quarter-finals as a result of registering a 4-3 victory over Czech Republic light- weight Danusa Dilofova.
Taylor, the defending World champion of the Bray Boxing Club, was 3-0 up in the second but conceded two points after receiving a public warning for holding and Dilofova drew level with the only punch she managed to land in the entire bout in the third and final round.
However, Taylor edged ahead by one point in the same frame to claim a welldeserved victory.
Taylor got her world title defence off to a perfect start with an emphatic 20-3 preliminary round victory over Australian lightweight Emma Carruthers.