Katie Taylor out of Rio Olympics following shock defeat
Katie Taylor has suffered a shock defeat in her bronze medal fight at the Rio Olympics.
The 2012 Olympic title holder surrendered her title after a poor performance against 35 year old Finnish mother of two Mira Potkonen, whom the Bray lightweight had beaten in all her previous outings including her home coming after the London Olympics
Taylor's form has been suspect for more than a year now and indeed, she has looked pale shadow of her former self since her father Pete stopped working her corner
Admittedly she was unlucky with the verdict; one judge gave her the fight on a 39-37 score; while another judge gave the fight to the Finn on the same score. The third scoring judge marked it level 38-38 but then opted for the underdog who secures the gold medal
Right from the start Taylor looked out of sorts; her timing was off and she couldn't deal with the Finn's lethal right hand. She won the first round on two of the judges' card; but lost the second on all three.
While she improved in the third and fourth round she didn't score enough to convince the judges to give her the verdict.
It was a sad end to the career of the 30 year old who won 18 gold medals in championship boxing.
An emotional Taylor said afterwards that she hoped to carry on boxing. The Irish camp were convinced she won the fight but Katie admitted 'I should be winning these fights more convincingly.'
A boxing judge from Ecuador, Clemente Carrillo delivered the killer blow to Katie Taylor's bid to secure passage to the Olympic semi-final and guarantee herself a bronze medal.
One judge from the Ukraine gave the fight to Taylor on a 39-37 score - essentially he sided with Taylor in three rounds but voted for the Finn in round two. The other judge from Vietnam voted the opposite way 39-37 for the Finn awarding Katie only round one.
But key judge was Clemente Carrillo from Ecuador. He favoured Potkonen in the first and second rounds but gave the defending champions the third and fourth rounds which left his scorecard level at 38-38 each. But he was obliged to give the nod to one of the boxers and he opted for the Finn which ended the Irish girl's bid to retain the Olympic title.
It is no consolation to Taylor but her arch rival Yana Alekseevna was also beaten in the lightweight quarter final losing to the Chinese 60kg contender Yin Junhua.