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Taylor vows to bounce back in style after shock loss

By Michael Verney

Katie Taylor has vowed to return to winning ways at next month's World Championships on the road to replicating her remarkable five-year unbeaten run.

Last week's Olympic Qualification tournament defeat to Yana Alekseevna was her first loss in five years, sending shockwaves through the sport, but Taylor believes it could be the catalyst to even greater achievements.

The Bray lightweight chases a sixth world title at next month's World Championships in Astana and she has no doubt she can book a place at this summer's Olympics en route to another impressive unbeaten record.

"I've been very consistent over the last few years but it's always a challenge to stay at the top and it's never easy to do that," she said.

"One loss in five years isn't bad but I think I can go another five years undefeated now

"I just have to learn now and improve.

"I feel like I am a better boxer than I was a few years ago and I'm going to continue to improve.

" I go into every fight thinking I am going to win the fight.

"The difference between winning and losing is very, very small.

"It's just about getting it right on the day and I think I have that potential to go a few years again undefeated. I do feel the best days are still to come."

Taylor has rarely had a point to prove throughout her career and she's looking forward to the fresh challenge.

"The loss has probably planted a few doubts in people's minds and it's nice to be able to prove the doubters wrong and go into the Worlds and prove a lot of people wrong," she said.

"I've no doubt I'll be going into that competition better than ever."

Her father Pete was absent from her corner last week, the first time he had been missing for a major championship, and the 29-year-old was coy on a possible return, saying: "I don't know you'll have to ask him that question.

"I've had fights without my dad before, so the last few months I've prepared perfectly.

"I was on the phone to him after the fight and I'm on the phone to him in general anyway. Just because he isn't in my corner doesn't mean he isn't there to support me."

With her status as one of the leading female boxers in the world comes a lot of pressure but Taylor feels the loss has removed some of the expectations off her shoulders. It has strengthened her resolve and she's convinced it will provide another positive reaction.

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