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Katie Taylor wins a nail biter in Baku to set up gold medal bout

BoxingBy Sean Nolan
Katie Taylor will fight for gold again
Katie Taylor will fight for gold again

Katie Taylor has won her 60kg semi-final to set up a gold medal fight at the European Games in Baku.

But it was a hell of a fight.

Taylor's opponent Yana Alekseevna took a cagey opening round 2:1 but that inspired Taylor to attack from the start of round two.

Dominating the centre of the ring, Taylor looked the more aggressive in the second round and the judges agreed, giving the Olympic champion the second by the same margin, 2:1.

In the third, Taylor's apppeared to be on top as she began to dominate the fighter she beat in last year's World Championship final in South Korea.

However, the judges disagreed, giving the round to the Azeri fighter 2:1.

It all hung on the last and again the Bray fighter was on the front foot from the bell and she secured the win in the final round she needed to win the bout on a spilt decision.

It eventually took countback to decide the fight, and the joy on Taylor's face afterwards revealed that she knew the fight was one of the closest of her career.

Straight after Taylor's win, Sean McComb was in the ring to take on another Azerbaijan fighter, the highly-rated Alebert Selimov.

Selimov took an all-action first round on all three cards and he also claimed the second unanimously, a round stopped for at least 60 seconds as a serious cut over the Belfast man's right eye.

The doctor deemed he was okay and McComb bravely fought on to lose the fight on a unanimous decision.

He will travel back to Ireland with a bronze medal.