The perplexing scoring decisions that led to Katie Taylor's defeat explained

The Irish Times' Johnny Watterson speaks to Off The Ball

BY Raf Diallo 19:43 Thursday 26 May 2016, 19:43 26 May 2016

Katie Taylor (Red) vs Estelle Mossely (Blue) Ireland's Katie Taylor dejected after losing her bout ©INPHO/

Earlier today, Katie Taylor's quest to win her sixth world title in a row came to a controversial end today in Kazakhstan, with the scoring scrutinised.

The London Olympic champion (29) was beaten by split decision in her semi-final with Estelle Mossely today, meaning that she has missed-out on the chance to break the record of five consecutive world titles.

Afterwards, Taylor said that she and her corner had felt as though the fight was going according to plan and the scorecard afterwards showed that one of the judges had awarded all four rounds in her favour while the other two judges had determined that Mossely had won the second and fourth rounds of the contest.

So why did the result end up with Mossely's arm being held aloft by the referee rather than Taylor's?

"Two judges scored the match a draw, one judge scored the match a win for Katie. So you're thinking, yeah, she won it 1-0. It's not how it works," said The Irish Times' Johnny Watterson who joined Off The Ball tonight to break down what happened.

"The two referees who scored it a draw were asked to nominate a winner. Both of them nominated the French girl. Katie lost 2-1. I thought Katie slightly edged it but that's the way they do the scoring in boxing."

With the Rio Olympics on the horizon, Watterson says Taylor's rivals have been closing the gap to the pre-eminent boxer in the division over the past decade, and might be a slight 1-2% off her best at the moment.


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