Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Katie Taylor Outlasts Sofya Ochigava For Lightweight Gold

By Jake Donovan

Katie Taylor capped an incredible run in the 2012 Olympics, overcoming a slight deficit and staving off a late rally from Russia's Sofya Ochigava en route to a 10-8 win in Thursday's lightweight finals. 

Both fighters stormed through the lightweight field to make it to the championships. Their domination showed, as the two were evenly matched in making for a fitting finale.

Ochigava managed to tune out the rabid pro-Taylor crowd, fighting her fight and prompting hesitation in Taylor's offense. The strategy played well early, as Taylor found herself down 4-3 at the end of two rounds, the only point in Olympic competition in which she was trailing on the cards.

Then awoke a sleeping lion.
 
Taylor came alive in the third. The offensive output wasn't monumental on either side, but Taylor's adjustments were enough to slow down Ochigava's attack to a grinding halt. The crowd was given plenty of reason to cheer throughout the round and at its end, as Ireland's lightweight led by three points heading into the final two minutes.

Ochigava dug deep in her best effort to rally, but came up just short in the end. 

Taylor secures Ireland's first boxing Gold medal of this year's competition, with two more shots on the men's side. The feat caps a brilliant run on the amateur circuit, in which Taylor was won four world championships.

Lightweight Finals (Gold medal round - Thursday, August 9):
Katie Taylor (Ireland) def. Sofya Ochigava (Russia), 10-8
* Taylor wins Gold; Ochigava takes Silver

Lightweight Semifinals (Medal round - Wednesday, August 8):
Katie Taylor (Ireland) def.    Mavzuna Chorieva* (Tajikistan), 17-9
Sofya Ochigava (Russia) def.  Adriana Araujo* (Brazil), 17-11
* Chorieva and Araujo share bronze medal honors.

Lightweight Quarterfinals (Monday, August 6):
Katie Taylor (Ireland) def. Natasha Jonas (Great Britain), 26-15
Mavzuna Chorieva (Tajikistan) vs. Dong Cheng (China), 13-8
Adriana Araujo (Brazil) def.  Mahjouba Oubtil (Morocco) , 16-12
Sofya Ochigava (Russia) def. Alexis Pritchard (New Zealand), 22-4

Round of 16 Matchups (Sunday, August 5):
Natasha Jonas (Great Britain) def. Quanitta Underwood (USA), 21-13
Dong Cheng (China) def. Mihaela Lacatus (Romania), 10-5
Adriana Araujo (Brazil) def.  Saida Khassenova (Kazakhstan), 16-14
Alexis Pritchard (New Zealand) def. Rim Jouini (Tunisia), 15-11

Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com. Follow Jake on Twitter: @JakeNDaBox
Tags: Amateur Boxing image  
User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by any craic lad? on 08-09-2012

[QUOTE=booshay;12413238]It wasn t a draw Katie was a 1 point winner IMO as i also gave last round to ochigava by a point .......had if it went to a count back katie definetly would have won as she was the…

Comment by booshay on 08-09-2012

It wasn t a draw Katie was a 1 point winner IMO as i also gave last round to ochigava by a point .......had if it went to a count back katie definetly would have won as she was the…

Comment by any craic lad? on 08-09-2012

[QUOTE=GStalker;12413067]Call me a biased bastard, but this fight was hardly a win for the Irish girl. The first two rounds were rather even, the third one was clearly won by miss Taylor due to somewhat wrong tactics of Ochigava but…

Comment by GStalker on 08-09-2012

[QUOTE=gingeralbino;12412975]far too close for comfort, i couldnt believe the commontators saying she was handing out a boxing lesson and it was in the bag in the final rd, i thought that last rd (which was scored even) was razor tight…

Comment by gingeralbino on 08-09-2012

[QUOTE=House of Stone;12412920]well done katie man oh man that was a bit close for comfort though![/QUOTE] far too close for comfort, i couldnt believe the commontators saying she was handing out a boxing lesson and it was in the bag…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (7)
Top Headlines Andre Ward Warns Tony Bellew: This Ain't a Movie, This is Real! Cyborg Backs Mayweather To Win, Would Love To Enter Boxing Lennox Lewis: Mayweather Should Not Be 50-0, Fight is a Farce! McGregor: I'm Ready To Change The Face of The Fight Game Berto: If McGregor Beats Mayweather - It's a Big Blow To Boxing McGregor: Mayweather Would Need To Reincarnate Bruce Lee! Pacquiao-Horn: Funding Pulled Until Manny Commits To Rematch Andre Ward: Facing Anthony Joshua is NOT Off The Table! Video: Dillian Whyte Ready For Deontay Wilder, Discusses Future Andre Ward on Top Rank Rumors, Says HBO Contract is Up Yomar Alamo Blasts Zsigmond Vaas in One For WBC Youth Belt Sean Dodd Stops Antonio Horvatic In Tom Stalker Warm-Up Photos: Oleksandr Gvozdyk, Mike Alvarado Smash Opponents Lipinets Rips Indongo, Says IBF Title Was 'Stolen' From Him Crawford on Facing Pacquiao-Horn Winner Next: I'm All For It! Mayweather Not Focused on Surpassing Marciano's Mark of 49-0 Photos: Crawford Demolishes Indongo To Become Undisputed! Photos: Dillian Whyte, Bryant Jennings Blast Out Opponents Photos: Shakur Stevenson Dominates To Win Third FIght Joe Selkirk: I Came Back To Win a World Title Whyte: My Body Shots Would Make Wilder Fall in Three or Four! Video: Bryant Jennings Talks Wilder-Ortiz, Crawford, More Video: Andre Ward Talks Crawford, Kovalev, Stevenson, More Video: Teddy Atlas Talks Crawford, Lomachenko, Spence, More Golovkin's Trainer: If We Get Robbed With Canelo - It's Our Fault Cornflake Retires From Boxing After Winning WBC Latino Title Indongo: When Terence Crawford Hit Me - It Hurt So Bad! Pacquiao vs. Horn Rematch Negotiations Heat Up in Australia Maurice Hooker Continues Unbeaten Run, Defeats Jackson Clayton Laurent Wins Big in Pro Debut With a Knockout Terence Crawford Crushes Julius Indongo in Three To Unify Crawford vs. Indongo - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Oleksandr Gvozdyk Blasts Out Craig Baker Shakur Stevenson Drops Paz, Wins Easy Decision, Moves to 3-0 Mike Reed Dominates Rob Frankel For Decision Win Mike Alvarado With a Wicked Knockout of Sidney Siqueira Crawford-Indongo Results: Jennings, Whyte Get TKO Wins Indongo: I Studied Crawford For Years, Most Dangerous on Inside Crawford vs. Indongo - CompuBox Historical Review Indongo's Manager Explains Weigh-In Scuffle With Team Crawford
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement