Monday 24 November 2014

Katie Taylor claims her fifth EU title in a row

Published 06/07/2013 | 17:32

Katie Taylor, pictured, defeated Mira Potkonen
Katie Taylor is the EU champion again

World and Olympic champion Katie Taylor has claimed a fifth successive European Union Boxing Championship crown with a unanimous victory over France's Estelle Mossely in Hungary.

Her French opponent was a surprise winner of her semi-final against England's Natasha Jonas yesterday but could not gain any traction against Ireland's hero at the Helikon Arena.

It is another major title for the Bray native.

Leanne Murphy had to be content with silver in the light-heavyweight category after she was beaten by Emine Bozduman of Turkey.

It had already been a very successful day for the Irish women in Keszthely.

Jacqui Lynch struck gold in Ireland’s first final at the EU Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships.

The Golden Gloves BC ace beat Poland’s Sarah Domagala on a unanimous decision to finish on top of the light-flyweight Junior podium at the Tennis Hall venue at the Helikon Hotel.

Grainne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst, the current European Junior champion, followed that up with gold medal wins in the bantamweight and featherweight Junior finals.

Gavin came through a tough opening frame with Germany’s Mandy Berk to produce another heroic performance, particularly in the final frame, en route to a unanimous decision.

Broadhurst made it three in-a-row at 57kg versus France’s Elisa Bouchlaka,  the Dundalk southpaw getting the nod from all three judges across the board.

Ciara Sheedy, battling all the way down to the final bell,  had to settle for silver against France’s Belinda Belmuka in the 63kg final. Sheedy won the first round of this encounter, but Belmuka turned it around in the final two frames to seal victory.

The Irish Junior side will be taking home an impressive haul of three gold, one silver and two bronze medals from Keszthely.

Kristina O’Hara maintained the gold rush in the first of the Youth finals.

The Belfast light-flyweight clearly won the first two rounds  of her 48kg decider with Turkey’s Ayse Cagirir this afternoon.

The Turk came back in the third, but O’Hara held firm to secure gold on a split decision.

Niamh Ball was in against current European champion Paulina Jakubcz of Poland and lost out on a unanimous decision.

Niamh gave it absolutely everything she had and that’s all you can ask for. She boxed very well against a very experienced opponent,” said Liam Berreton from ringside in Keszthely.

The Irish Youth side will be taking home one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.

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