Kenny gives us his thoughts on Katie Taylor’s Olympic quarter-final lightweight fight against Britain’s Natasha Jonas. Mon 2.30pm BBCi/RTE2
Natasha Jones is improving as a fighter. She fought Katie last year and she was only beaten 6-3 which is a small margin. The fact that it’s on her home soil means the stadium is going to be electrifying with so many British fans cheering her on. I just Katie gets a fair crack of the whip with the judges. They can be easily influenced as we’ve seen before.
It’s going to be a great day for Irish boxing but for Katie Taylor in particular. She has worked so hard to get where she is today and I’m really looking forward to this fight.
On Jonas’ claims that she and Katie are the best at their weight
I don’t agree with that. She is great but Katie Taylor is out on her own at the moment. She has four World titles and five European titles so she’s out on her own. There’s another girl in the weight class from China, Dong Chieng, who is a very good fighter too.
Today it’s all about getting a good start. This is over four two minute rounds, not three three minute rounds like the men, so Katie Taylor needs to get a good start in the first round and build on the lead.
I think she’s going to have way too much class for this girl.
Do you see the judging being an issue?
With Katie over the last number of years we’ve often seen her win in third and fourth gear, I think it’s time for Katie to show the world how she can move up through those gears. this is what we’re going to see today. We’re going to see a Katie Taylor that we’ve never seen before. She’s not going to leave this to the judges. She’s going to win this comfortably I’d say. She’s going to pull out all the stops, get in there and do the business.
She can win every round.
How will she handle the pressure?
She has taken it in her stride. Her father is brilliant in guarding her form all the media attention. It’s a close knit family there.
She’s just keeping her self focused on the task at hand right now, which is the fight today against Natasha Jonas. She’s not thinking about finals or gold medals, she just wants to get in there today and perform. Once she performs to her best there’s no one in the world who can beat her.