Taylor batters Finn on way to EU final

Katie Taylor hammered out her 53rd straight championship win to move to within one victory of claiming her fifth successive EU title with a comfortable semi-final victory over Mira Potkonen in Hungary yesterday.

The Olympic champion earned a unanimous decision over the Finn, who took a standing count in the fourth, over four two-minute rounds in Keszthely.

Taylor, who has now won 137 of her 144 outings, will meet France’s Estelle Mossely — who shaded England’s Natasha Jonas on a split decision in the other semi-final — in today’s decider.

Mossely’s win denied Taylor a repeat of her 2012 Olympic quarter-final with Jonas, a fight the Bray woman won en route to gold at the 30th Olympiad.

Her dad and coach, Pete Taylor, who is working his daughter’s corner along with Zuar Antia in Keszthely, is expecting a difficult encounter today.

“The French girl is quick and she’s tough and she had a good victory over Natasha Jonas. She’s improved a lot over the last few years and it will be a hard final.

“We happy with today’s performances, but I thought that the Finnish girl should have taken a few more counts.”

Taylor senior added that the world No 1 has to keep the pressure on under the “10 point must” scoring system, which has replaced computer scoring.

“This is Katie’s first tournament under the new system. You have to press every round because you don’t know if you’re ahead or not,” he added.

Meanwhile, Leanne Murphy earned a unanimous decision over Croatia’s Dainjela Vernic to join Taylor in today’s Senior finals, but Claire Grace lost to France’s Erika Guerrier. Kristina O’Hara, Niamh Ball, Amy Broadhurst, Ciara Sheedy, Grainne Gavin and Jacqui Lynch all reached today’s EU Youth and Junior finals.


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