Taylor, Ren win gold at women's boxing worlds

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QINHUANGDAO, China (AP) -Ireland's Katie Taylor won a fourth consecutive title in the 60-kilogram category while Cancan Ren of China emerged victorious in the 51-kilogram final at the Women's World Boxing Championships on Saturday.

Taylor scored an 11-7 win over two-time Russian world champion Sofya Ochigava in a competitive final that saw both boxers score two points each in the first two rounds for a 4-4 scoreline.

Taylor zipped ahead in the third with a 4-2 score and sealed the win with a 3-1 final round edge.

The 51-kilogram class was a repeat of last year's final as Ren again prevailed over Nicola Adams of England.

Ren led 6-2 after two rounds, but Adams won 3-2 in the third and also put up a stiff fight in the last that Ren won 6-5.

China also won two other gold medals through Mei Qing Yuan in the 81-kilogram category and Yun Fei Li in the over-81kg category while Xu Shiqi narrowly lost out on one in the 48kg class.

The world championships were held in a total of 10 weight divisions but the focus was on three - the 51-kilogram, 60-kilogram and 75-kilogram classes - because these are the only three categories that will figure in the London Olympics when women's boxing is introduced later this year.

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