Saturday 23 September 2017

Boxing: Apology offers little comfort to Taylor camp

KATIE TAYLOR'S coach revealed that the Bulgarian boxer who beat her on Saturday actually apologised after she was adjudged to have won the fight.

The Bray woman was favourite for the lightweight final against Denica Eliseeva at the Strandja Multi-Nations in Pazardjik, Bulgaria, however, was only awarded one point throughout the entire fight to leave her camp furious.

Taylor was adjudged to have been beaten 5-1, a result which her coach and dad Peter Taylor and Irish coach Pat Ryan described as shocking. Ryan was also working Taylor's corner and said that the Bray woman dominated the four rounds and clearly won.

"In fairness to the Bulgarian girl, she apologised to Katie because of the result after the final -- she showed her sportsmanship which is always good," said Ryan. Peter Taylor said that they were shocked by the decision, adding that his daughter was devastated after dominating the final.

Taylor, the current World, European and EU champ and 2010 AIBA World boxer of the year, beat Eliseeva 16-1 in the 2010 European Union final in Hungary.

Elsewhere, Ken Egan will meet AIBA World Youth champion Joe Ward next Friday night aiming to record his 11th consecutive title at the Elite National Boxing Championships at the National Stadium in Dublin.

Ward set up the light heavyweight final with Egan medalist following an 8-2 victory over Davey Joe Joyce at the Stadium on Saturday night. Egan won the other semi-final with a second round stoppage of Thomas Roohan on Friday.

The 2009 European Youth gold medalist Jason Quigley set up a repeat of the 2010 75kg final with defending champ Darren O'Neill after an 11-4 win over Chris Blaney on Saturday.

Crumlin light-welterweight Phil Sutcliffe is also through to the finals following an inside the distance blitz of Anthony Upton, while Tyrone McCullagh set up a 56kg clash with John Joe Nevin with a win over Shane Cox.

Former champ David Oliver Joyce advanced to the lightweight final after Ciaran Bates corner retired their man at the start of the second round, and Adam Nolan, a Garda, recorded a fine 6-1 win over Jamie Dowling.

Chris Phelan, who is making his Senior debut at the championships, made a huge impression in his win over 2009 champ Declan Geraghty to march into the flyweight decider.

Patrick Corcoran and Ken Okungbowa booked their tickets into the heavyweight and super-heavyweight finals -- where they'll meet defending champs Con Sheehan and Cathal McMonagle -- with wins over John Sweeney and Tom Sheehan.

Paddy Barnes will meet Evan Metcalfe in the light flyweight final on Friday after both boxers received byes into the 49kg decider.

In Saturday's Women's Elite finals, European Youth silver medalist Katie Rowland, Lynne McEnery, Michaela Walsh, Louis Traynor, Kelly Harrington and Leanne McAree Murphy all emerged victorious.

Irish Independent

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