Katie Taylor Wins Euro Games Semi-Final

Katie Taylor has scored a countback victory over Yana Alekseevna of Azerbaijan in her lightweight semi-final at the European Games boxing in Baku. All three judges scored the fight as a 38-all tie, with Taylor behind by one round on two judges’ cards going into the final round. A tight encounter saw the split decision go Taylor’s way, and she will fight for gold against Estelle Mossely in tomorrow’s final at 2pm Irish time. Michael O’Reilly has been given a bye into the final after his opponnet withdrew due to injury, that means Laois man is guaranteed a silver medal. Ireland’s second bronze has been confirmed, with Sean McComb losing to top-ranked Azeri Albert Selimov in the men’s lightweight semis on a unanimous points decision. Belfast fighter McComb had gone in strongly, but all three judges awarded Selimov the opening round. When the 22-year-old Irishman suffered a cut to the side of his right eye, problems began to mount, and not even the awarding of the third round to McComb by two of the judges could prevent a 3-0 points decision. Selimov was awarded the victory 29-28 30-27 29-28.