Katie Taylor: Olympic champion 'gutted' after second defeat in six weeks

Ireland's Olympic champion Katie Taylor says suffering a second defeat in six weeks is "hard to take" as she is beaten in the World Championships semi-finals in Kazakhstan.

Taylor, bidding to win a sixth consecutive world title, lost to France's Estelle Mossely of France on a split decision after being beaten by Azerbaijan's Yana Alekseevna at last month's European Olympic qualifiers in Turkey.

The Irishwoman was given all four rounds by one judge in Thursday's bout but the other two judges handed Mossely a countback victory.

Taylor takes bronze but does secure Rio Olympics qualification.

"I don't know (if I won). It was a very close fight. I'd have to look back at the video," said Taylor, when asked whether she felt she had won the contest.

"It's been a tough few months. My first loss in five years and then another one has come around so quickly."

BBC Sport