There was no visible scars from Katie Taylor’s first defeat in five years and only her eight career reverse in over 160 fights, but it was plain the see the Irish great was hurting inside.
The Olympic gold medal winner had to fight back the tears as she address the media post fight and vowed to ‘come again’.
Taylor was out potined 39-37 by Yana Alekseevna on all three judges score cards in the semi final of the European Olympic qualifiers. The reverse didn’t just bring to an end a massive winning run it puts on hold the Irish fighter legends Rio 2016 dream.
However, a humble and respectful Taylor was keen to point out that the set back is temporary, vowed to come again and promised to do all she can to secure a spot on the plane to Rio.
“I’m very disapointed I always go away to these competitions with am aim to bring back a gold medal,” the Olympic and six time World champion said.
“It is such a big competition as well with it being an Olympic qualifier so the loss came at the wrong time for me today, but she is a good fighter, you can’t take it away from her because she deserved to win. I will come again.
“I will go home take a couple of days off and prepare for the World championships. Thank god I have another chance to go and qualify and I am going to do everything I can do book my place to Rio.”
Taylor didn’t look for excuses when discussing her first defeat since 2011, rather she praised Alekseevna who ran her close in the recent European Games.
Everytime we boxed one another it has been a close contest there is very little between the two us and the difference between winning and losing is marginal. I don’t know what wrong it is just one of days.