Press Association The 28-year-old Olympic and five-time world champion has led a revolution in her sport and believes it will only get harder to maintain her dominance as new young fighters target her crown. Taylor, who faces Russian lightweight Denitsa Eliseeva, said: “The standard of women’s boxing has got so much tougher since the Olympics and in the years to come it is going to make my competition even tougher. “I remember when I was 17 seeing the world champions, they are the ones you want to beat, and I definitely think some of the girls coming up have got the same attitude. “I want to stay at the top and continue making history and be regarded as the best of all time, so it is definitely a motivational factor for me. I need those goals and dreams when I wake up every morning.” Five women’s weight categories are being contested in Baku – two more than at the Olympics, despite suggestions in the wake of its successful debut at London 2012 that the women’s divisions would be increased for Rio. And Taylor believes it is imperative for the continued growth of women’s boxing that more female fighters are given the opportunity to do battle on the biggest stage. “We’ve only got three weights, so so many female boxers are missing out,” she added. “It’s heartbreaking and I’d love to lead the push for at least five weights – it would be perfect for female boxing and I would love to push for that legacy.” One young fighter aiming to emulate Taylor is Belfast bantamweight Michaela Walsh, who had pushed Nicola Adams hard in the final of last year’s Commonwealth Games but was unanimously outpointed in her opening bout in Baku by experienced Russian Elena Savelyeva. Walsh said: “I came here for the gold medal and it’s disappointing, but I’ll learn from it. It’s all experience for Rio. Gold in Rio is what I’m aiming for and with the help of God I’ll go and get it.” Irish gymnast Kieran Behan narrowly missed out on a medal when he finished fourth in the men’s floor final behind winner Rayderley Zapata Santana of Spain. Katie Taylor is ready to rise to the challenge being posed by a new generation of women’s boxing talent as she prepares to launch her campaign for yet another major title at the European Games in Baku.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTennessee State (16-12, 8-7) vs. Morehead State (12-16, 6-9)Ellis T Johnson Arena, Morehead, Kentucky; Saturday, 3 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Tennessee State looks to extend Morehead State’s conference losing streak to five games. Morehead State’s last OVC win came against the Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars 58-49 on Feb. 6. Tennessee State fell 83-62 at Eastern Kentucky in its last outing. VETERAN PRESENCE: Each of these teams has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Jordan Walker, Justin Thomas and Djimon Henson have combined to account for 46 percent of Morehead State’s scoring this season. For Tennessee State, Carlos Marshall Jr., Wesley Harris, Jy’lan Washington and Michael Littlejohn have combined to account for 57 percent of all Tennessee State scoring.MIGHTY MARSHALL JR.: Marshall has connected on 30.8 percent of the 146 3-pointers he’s attempted. He’s also made 76.8 percent of his foul shots this season.WINLESS WHEN: Tennessee State is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 62 points and 16-6 when scoring at least 62.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Tigers have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Eagles. Morehead State has an assist on 36 of 75 field goals (48 percent) across its past three outings while Tennessee State has assists on 42 of 68 field goals (61.8 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: Morehead State has committed a turnover on just 17.8 percent of its possessions this season, which is the second-lowest percentage among all OVC teams. The Eagles have turned the ball over only 12.3 times per game this season.___ For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press Morehead St. looks to end streak vs Tennessee St. February 21, 2020