Monday 5 December 2016

Katie Taylor: I'm more hungry than ever to win

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Ireland's Olympic boxing champion Katie Taylor reached the European Games quarter-finals yesterday and said she was hungrier than ever to add another major title to her glittering collection.

Lightweight Taylor - an Olympic, five-times world and six-times European champion - is among the leading names across all of the 20 sports in the Azeri capital of Baku.

In front of a strong contingent of vocal Irish support at the atmospheric Crystal Hall, Taylor (pictured) registered a unanimous points decision over Bulgarian Denitsa Eliseeva to reach the quarter-finals at the inaugural games.

"I'm more hungry now than I ever was," she said. "I want to leave a great legacy behind me and I want to continue to win major championships.

"I think in the next fight I'll be a lot sharper but you just need to blow out in the first fight and get it out of the way.

Earlier, dangerous Frenchwoman Estelle Mossely progressed comfortably while Russia's Zinaida Dobrynina was particularly impressive in advancing to the last eight and is a potential semi-final opponent for Taylor.

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