Boxer Taylor impresses Olympic bosses
Irish woman Katie Taylor is almost certainly going to be shooting for gold at the London Olympics in 2012.
Taylor, who continued her staggering run of success at the Sports Palace in St Petersburg at the weekend, revealed how the watching International Olympic Committee members were very impressed with her performances.
“It's looking very good that my dream of boxing at the Olympics is a real possibility. The IOC gave us great feedback so it should happen,” said lightweight Taylor, who defeated Russian No.1 Natalie Bondareva 6-3 on Saturday.
Bondareva was rocked in the opening round when having to take two counts and the women's pound for pound World No.1 went on to record a comprehensive victory which the score didn't reflect.
Taylor added: “The competition here was great, it was like a mini World Championships because the best were here in order to put on a show for the IOC and we certainly did that. It was a great competition.”
The IOC are expected to make a final decision on women's boxing at the 2012 Olympics at their Executive Board meeting in Berlin on August 13.
Meanwhile, Belfast's Ruairi Dalton caused an upset at the World Championships box-offs in the National Stadium on Saturday when he defeated Irish senior champion Declan Geraghty 14-11 in their flyweight semi-final.
The Holy Trinity fighter displayed precision and power as he picked off the champion with some fine textbook punching, while there was an even bigger shock at featherweight when Donegal's Tyrone McCullough stunned EU champion David Oliver Joyce 7-5.
Both boxers took standing counts and received public warnings as they blazed away right to the bell.
Nine times Irish champion Kenny Egan cruised through to this Friday's light-heavyweight final with a 12-1 win over Dennis Hogan.