(MAR 20) Katie Taylor is just three two
minute rounds away from adding another gold medal to her collection
following a semi final victory at the international women's
tournament in Stupino, Russia today.
The 20 year progressed to tomorrow's (March 21st) final after
recording a 17-5 win over Alexandra Siderenko of the Ukraine this
The Bray woman, the reigning World and European lightweight
champion, will meet Russia's Dariy Abramova in Fridays final around
3pm Irish time.
Ireland and Holland are the only non eastern countries competing in
Russia, and Taylor's dad and coach Peter - a former Irish senior
champion - says that the quality of competition in Stupino, which is
about 100Km outside Moscow, is very high.
He said: "The eastern nations have very strong selections out here
and Katie is facing a tough task against Abramova tomorrow as she is
a very strong boxer with good technically ability.
"Abramova will also have home advantage, but Katie produced one of
her best performances so far today and she will be confident going
into Fridays final."
Following today's win, Taylor, who will box for the fourth time in
as many days tomorrow, is guaranteed at least silver from the
Taylor has racked up 45 points and conceded 16 in her three bouts so
Women's International Tournament Stupino Russia Results and Draw
March 18th 60Kg: Preliminaries:Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Gulsum
Tatar (Turkey) 16-5
March 19th 60Kg: Quarter Finals:Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Tatiana
Bondareva (Russia) 12-6
March 20th Semi Finals Draw 60Kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat
Alexandra Siderenko (Ukraine) 17-5
March 21st Final Draw: Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Dariy Abramova