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KatieTaylor faces tough route for London gold

Updated: Friday, 27 Jul 2012 20:21 | Comments

Going for gold - Katie Taylor has been handed a tricky draw as she looks to land the top prize in London
Going for gold - Katie Taylor has been handed a tricky draw as she looks to land the top prize in London

Ireland's Katie Taylor faces a tough draw ahead of her quest for gold at the London Olympics.

The four-time world champion will take on the winner of Britain's Natasha Jonas and her old nemesis Queen Underwood from the US in the quarter-finals. Jonas and Underwood meet on 5 August.

Taylor will face the winner on 6 August, with victory guaranteeing a bronze medal at least.

Taylor's father and coach, Peter, said it is a great draw, and she wants to show the world that she can beat the best.

Taylor has beaten Underwood three times in the past and recorded a 6-3 victory over Liverpool southpaw Jonas – who beat Seattle-native Underwood (23-15) at the Olympic Test Event at the ExCel last December – in the semi-finals of the 2011 Strandja Memorial in Pazerdjik, Bulgaria.

Taylor recorded landslide wins over Underwood at the National Stadium in Dublin and at the Arch Centre in Kildare in 2009 when Ireland beat the USA over two internationals.

She also beat the American 18-16 en route to gold in the semi-finals of the AIBA World Women’s Championships in Barbados in 2010.

There was good news for Belfast boxers Paddy Barnes and Michael Conlon, who received byes into the last 16.

Barnes will face either Abdelali Darra of Morocco or Thomas Essomba of the Cameroon on 4 August, while Conlon will meet either Duke Akueth Micah of Ghana or Jason Oliver Lavigilante of Marautis on 3 August.

John Joe Nevin will box tomorrow against Dane Dennis Villy Ceylan in the round of 32.

Team captain Darren O'Neill will face Muideen Olalekan Akanji from Nigeria in the last 32 in the middleweight division on Saturday.

Both Nevin and O'Neill will fight in the Saturday afternoon session, which starts at 1.30pm. Nevin's bout is the fourth of the session. O'Neill's is the eighth of the session.

Adam Nolan from Wexford has drawn Estacio Sanchez from Ecuador in the round of 32 in men's welterweight division. That fight will take place on Sunday evening's session, which starts at 8.30pm.

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