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Saturday 23 August 2014

Boxing: Katie Taylor hails home crowd after cruising to win over Kluners

Bernard O’Neill

Published 25/02/2013 | 10:07

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Katie Taylor made a winning return in Dublin
Katie Taylor made a winning return in Dublin

KATIE TAYLOR recorded her second victory of the weekend with a unanimous decision over Germany’s Maike Kluners at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin last night.

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The World No 1, who routed Poland’s Karolina Graczyk at the National Stadium on Friday, now improves to 134 victories – a 95pc win rate – from 141 career outings.

Kluners, who was beaten 23-2 by Taylor in Cork in 2011, took a standing count in the second as the Bray woman cruised to victory.

Taylor will meet Ukrainian champion Yulia Tsiplakova at the same venue on March 24.

“I’m delighted to get another win under my belt and I would like to thank everyone for the fantastic reception I’ve received here tonight and also thank Maike Kluners,” said Taylor.

“It has been a long lay off from competitive action since the Olympics and it’s great to have had two fights and two wins in Dublin this weekend.

“The EU Championships are on in Hungary in June and I’m looking forward to defending my title there.”

Taylor’s Bray BC team-mate and fellow Olympian Adam Nolan met Phil Sutcliffe, who will make his pro debut in Dundalk next month, in a three-round exhibition.

Nolan had claimed his third successive title at the Elite Championships on Friday and also scooped the Boxer of the Tournament Award.

Two-time Olympic medallist Paddy Barnes was back in action on the Bord Gáis card. The Belfast light-fly beat Aidan Metcalfe on a unanimous decision.

“He (Metcalfe) was a tough cookie,” said Barnes, who missed the Elite Championships with flu – Hugh Myres claimed the vacant light-flyweight belt.

“I'm sorry I had to miss the Championships but I just had no choice.”

Ireland will meet Poland at the National Stadium on Friday. Both squads will be confirmed over the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, Ireland head coach Billy Walsh has hailed Ken Egan as one of the greatest international boxers of his generation after the 2008 Olympic silver medallist announced his retirement on Friday night following his defeat to Joe Ward.

“It has been an honour to work with him all these years,” said Walsh.

“It was a pity that he didn’t go out on a winning note, but it was marvellous to see Joe being so gracious in victory and acknowledging Kenny’s contribution to Irish boxing.

“He’s definitely one of the best boxers of his generation. He has been our flagship for years and has won so many medals for Ireland in international.”

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