Tay­lor aim­ing for 2012 Olympics af­ter re­tain­ing world ti­tle

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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.

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