Katie Taylor was dangerously close to a shock defeat at the European Games
Well, that was close.
We are so used to Katie Taylor annihilating every single opponent that it is a massive shock to see anyone even take a round off her. Her last defeat was back in 2011 but today's European Games semi-final against Azerbaijan’s Yana Alekseevna almost ended in the same manner, however, Taylor fought a sublime final round to take a narrow split decision.
Taylor lost rounds one and three on two of the judges scorecards but showed great composure to stick to her game plan and outlast the hometown fighter.
Meanwhile, Michael O'Reilly is guaranteed at least a silver medal after his middleweight semi-final opponent pulled out injured while Sean McComb will take home a bronze medal after losing a unanimous decision to Azerbaijan's Albert Selimov.