Monday 16 October 2017

Katie all geared up for double test

Taylor: Mansion House fight sold out
Taylor: Mansion House fight sold out

Bernard O'Neill

OLYMPIC champion Katie Taylor will be aiming to improve to 140 wins from 147 fights when she takes on Canada's Caroline Veyre and Finland's Mira Potkonen over the weekend.

Taylor meets Veyre at Dublin's Mansion House tonight and Potkonen at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre in her hometown of Bray tomorrow. Both fights are sold out.

Paris-born Veyre (25) is a replacement for America's Clarissa Parker, who withdrew because of travel issues last week.

Veyre's mother was born in Rio, and the Club Boxe de l'Est fighter, who will have Leonard Kwitkowski and Douggy Berneche in her corner tonight, wants to make it to Brazil for the 2016 Olympic.

Veyre, who has a degree in translation from Montreal University, added: "I have followed her (Katie Taylor) at the Olympic Games. I also have watched a lot of her fights on YouTube.

"I want to offer a good fight to the public and make it exciting."

Pete Taylor will have to dash across to the National Stadium after the Veyre fight.

Andrew Hanley, who boxes out of the Bray BC, meets Bernard O'Reilly (Portlaoise BC) in the heavyweight final of the National Intermediate Championships and Taylor wants to be in his corner.

Taylor's Bray BC team-mate and fellow London 2012 Olympian Adam Nolan will fight in Mansion House tonight and in Bray tomorrow.

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