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Boxing: Dominant Taylor storms into last eight

Published 19/10/2011 | 05:00

KATIE TAYLOR recorded a 22-3 win over Italy's Romina Marenda to book her ticket into the lightweight quarter-finals of the Women's European Championships in Rotterdam yesterday.

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Cavan BC bantamweight Ceire Smith also advanced by dramatically dropping and stopping Hungarian 2010 European bronze medalist Csilla Nemedi in the fourth and final round.

Taylor, aiming for a fifth European title in-a-row, forced Marenda into two standing counts in the second round.

The three-time World champion takes on Ayzanat Hajiyeva of Azerbaijan in the quarter-finals today. Taylor hammered Hajiyeva, who was then boxing for Russia, 20-2 in the semi-finals of the 2008 World Championships in China.

Smith, meanwhile, secured a sensational victory. Trailing 8-4 going into the last round, she floored her Hungarian opponent with a right hook bang on the chin and the referee stopped the contest.

Michaela Walsh, Katie Rowland, Lynne McEnery, Kelly Harrington and Sinead Kavanagh all bowed out.

McEnery was pipped 12-11 by Lynsey Holdaway of Wales, while Harrington lost on the dreaded countback following a 9-9 tie with Martina Schmaranzova of the Czech Republic.

Rowland was retired from her bout against England's two-time World silver medalist Nicola Adams and Walsh lost 16-9 to EU champion Sandra Kruk.

Irish Independent

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