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Ireland international footballer Katie Taylor has defeated Tajikstan's Mavzuna Chorieva to reach the Women's Lightweight Boxing final at the London 2012 Olympics

Republic of Ireland women's international footballer Katie Taylor has qualified for the Olympic boxing final.

The Bray, Co Wicklow native defeated Tajikstani boxer Mavzuna Chorieva to reach the Women's Lightweight Gold Medal fight. Taylor recorded a 17-9 point victory at the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in London.

26-year-old Taylor has been an Irish international footballer since 2006, having made her senior debut against Switzerland at Richmond Park under Noel King. Since then, she has gone on to make 13 appearances, scoring against Italy and Hungary in Euro 2009 qualifying.

At club level, Taylor lined out for Peamount United, one of the founding teams of the Women's National League in Ireland. Taylor's most recent Irish appearance came in 2009, as she chose to focus on preparations for London 2012.

Speaking to Sky Sports last year, Taylor explained that her absence from football may only be temporary. "Boxing is my first love, but I also used to play international football for Ireland – although I haven’t played for Ireland for the last couple of years with the boxing taking over," Taylor said.

"It’s something I loved though and something I miss from time to time, being involved with the team and being around the squad. It’s a huge honour playing for your country and maybe it’s something I could pick up again after the Olympics at some stage, but for now I’m focused on boxing and seeing how that goes”.

The Women's Lightweight Boxing Final takes place at 16.45 BST on Thursday, August 9.

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