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Taylor sets up re-match with Ochigava in World Championships quarter-final

The Olympic champion claimed a victory over Mira Potkonen in South Korea this morning.

Updated at 09.15

IRELAND’S KATIE TAYLOR remains on course to retain her 60kg AIBA world title after progressing to the quarter-finals this morning.

The Bray fighter always looked in control in her last-16 bout against Mira Potkonen but she was pushed hard by her Finnish opponent in Jeju, South Korea.

“It was a tough four rounds,” Taylor told Darren O’Neill. “I boxed that girl twice before so I knew exactly what to expect.

“It was always going to be a hard-fought battle and I knew she was going to rush me right from the start. Everytime I’ve boxed her it has been such a physical battle but I was well-prepared going into the fight.”

Taylor sets up a re-match with Russian Sofya Ochigava, who she defeated to claim Olympic gold at the London Olympics, tomorrow.

Earlier this morning, Belfast’s Micheala Walsh lost out to Azerbaijan’s Anna Alimardanova on a split decision in her 54kg last-16 fight.

First published at 08.06

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