Pete Taylor has been keen to remove some of the pressure on his daughter and Irish Olympic hopeful Katie Taylor, by warning thoose predicting certain gold for the world champion, that she has yet to qualify for London 2012.
The Bray BC boss takes a very different line of approach for the five time European champion’s stable mate Adam Nolan, however assuring the he ‘will qualify’ for the games.
Nolan earned a place in the London 2012 last chance salon when he booked his seat on the plane to the final qualifiers in Turkey in April by defeating St Michaels of Athy’s John Joe Joyce to retain his Irish title last Friday night.
Coach Taylor was impressed with what he saw and predicts the talented pug will take one of the three European places left at 69 kg.
“Adam is improving all the time. There is a few things we have to work on as well. He is not the finished article yet. He will go the Olympics. I am confident in his ability and we are training hard to make it to the Olympics. We have Katie in the gym trying to make it there too,” Taylor said after his charges victory.
“He had a very unlucky year last year breaking his hand before the European championships. He has the qualifiers to look forward to now and there are three places left at 69kgs and Adam can take one of them.”
Taylor’s confidence may have its roots in the impressive performance against 2008 Olympian Joyce in the Irish 69 kg decider.
Nolan showed boxing skills and a fighting spirit to eventualy win out 17-15.
“He had to dig deep in the third round, but we all know he has heart. He proved last years win wasn’t a flash in the pan. John Joe is an Olympian. He only lost to the Olympic gold medallist on a count back, which shows you the quality of opponent Adam was in against. Fair play to John Joyce he never stopped trying and Adam had a little too much on the day for him.”