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Katie Taylor reaches semi-finals of World Championships without throwing a punch

The Bray native will now face Jinhua Yin of China on Sunday for a spot in the final.

Taylor is through to the semi-finals of the AIBA World Championships (file pic).
Taylor is through to the semi-finals of the AIBA World Championships (file pic).
Image: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Updated at 09.52

KATIE TAYLOR EARNED A victory by walkover to reach the semi-finals of the AIBA World Championships in Jeju, South Korea today.

The Bray native was set to face Sofya Ochigava for a spot in the final four, only for the Russian to pull out with a knee injury.

Barring any further improbable mishaps, Taylor will now compete against Jinhua Yin of China on Sunday for a spot in the final.

Yin beat Denista Eliseeva of Bulgaria on a split decision this morning to set up her encounter with Taylor, who is now guaranteed bronze — her fifth successive medal at the event since winning gold in New Delhi in 2006.

Should Taylor advance on Sunday, she will face either France’s Estelle Mossely or Yana Allekseeva of Azerbaijan in the following day’s final.

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