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Katie Taylor gains revenge on Bulgarian opponent to reach European final

Published 06/06/2014 | 13:44

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Katie Taylor could face Sofya Ochigava at the European Championships in a repeat of their 2012 Olympic Games final
Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor's dream of a sixth consecutive European title are very much alive after she beat Bulgaria's Denista Eliseeva in her semi-final at the European Championships in Bucharest this afternoon.

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Eliseeva holds a controversial win over Taylor from the Strandja Multi-Nations Championships in Bulgaria in February 2011 and is the last fighter to beat the Bray woman but she put the record straight today.

"Honoured to be representing Ireland in another European final," the Olympic champion wrote on Twitter.

"Thanks for all the support, it's incredible."

Boxing fans had been hoping that Taylor would meet Russia's Sofya Ochigava in the final, in a repeat of their dramatic Olympic final, but the Russian was stunned by France's Estelle Mosselly in the other semi.

Taylor won her first European title in Norway in 2005 and has held the belt since.

If she wins gold this weekend, she will have held the title for 11 years as the next European Women's Championships are not until 2016.

There was disappointment for Kilkenny's Clare Grace, the only Irish female fighter to win a medal at this level besides Taylor, after she was beaten in her semi-final by England's Stacey Copeland.

The welterweight had to settle for a bronze medal after a very impressive showing in Romania.

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