Katie Taylor to fight for gold following semi-final win at London 2012

Katie Taylor of Ireland celebrates her victory against Mavzuna Chorieva of Tajikistan during the Women's Light (60kg) Boxing semifinals on Day 12 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 8, 2012 in London, England. (credit: Scott Heavey/Getty Images))
Four-time World Champion Katie Taylor will fight for Olympic gold on Thursday following her semi-final win over Mavzuna Chorieva.


Taylor will now face Russian Sofya Ochigava in the gold medal fight and bookmakers Paddy Power have installed her a heavy odds-on favourite at 1/14 to win the gold.

The 26-year-old Bray boxer produced another classy performance to win her semi-final 17-9 on points over Mavzuna Chorieva. Russian boxer Ochigava who has been priced by Paddy Power at 7/1 to cause an upset, won her semi-final 17-11 against Adriana Araujo.

Taylor has already beaten her Russian opponent 11-7 in the World Championships earlier this year and Irish fans will be hoping for a repeat performance on Thursday.

Taylor told the press afterwards: "It is incredible. This is a dream come true for me.
"To be boxing in front of so many Irish fans, it is better than I thought it could be. I feel like I am in heaven right now, it is amazing.

"It is going to be a 50-50 fight in the final, the pressure is always going to be on both boxers as we are both boxing for gold. I have to go back, refocus for tomorrow and I would love to bring gold back for my country."

Paddy Power are also offering a money-back special on the fight whereby if your boxer loses a fight on a countback, they will refund all losing match bets on that fight!


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Katie Taylor to fight for gold following semi-final win at London 2012

Four-time World Champion Katie Taylor will fight for Olympic gold on Thursday following her semi-final win over Mavzuna Chorieva.

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