KATIE TAYLOR maintained her iron grip on the AIBA World Elite title in South Korea on Monday.
The Wicklow orthodox finished on top of the lightweight podium for the 5th time in-a-row since New Delhi 2006 after beating Azerbaijan’s Yana Allekseeva on a unanimous decision (40-36,39-37,39-37) in Jeju.
The wins sees the Bray woman match the record of India’s Mary Kom, who claimed five successive AIBA World Elite titles between 2002 and 2010.
“It’s an absolute privilege to equal that record of five world titles, I thank God for another great victory,” said the five-time World Elite champion after her win.
Taylor found the target with two solid combinations to take the opening frame on two of the judges’ cards against the Azeri southpaw and a brace of right hooks helped her win the second round 10-9 across the board.
The judges split 2-1 in favour of Taylor in the third, leaving Allekseeva, who boxed as Yana Sydor for the Ukraine up to 2012, needing a knockout in the fourth and final stanza to claim victory.
But with Taylor up on her toes and responding to anything that Allekseeva threw at her with rapid responses off both hands that was never going to happen.
Taylor was presented with her gold medal in Jeju this morning. She has now won 17 major titles – one Olympic, five World, six European and five European Union – since 2005.
Irish coach Zuar Antia said: “Her will to win is so big. She proved again that she is really a legend.”
“We are absolutely delighted and this is a very proud moment for us. Katie was magnificent here today,” added Irish team manager Anna Moore.
Today’s win ensures that Ireland will finish in a top ten position in the medals table at the 67-nation tournament.
The Irish squad are due to arrive home from South Korea via Dublin airport on Tuesday afternoon.
Pete Taylor, Zuar Antia and Gerry Storey were working Ireland’s corner at the 8th edition of the AIBA World Women’s Elite Championships.
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