Sunday 22 October 2017

Katie Taylor continues to set gold standard

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Bernard O'Neill

WORLD No 1 Katie Taylor has secured her 15th major title with a convincing win over Estelle Mosselly in Hungary.

The Bray woman earned a unanimous decision over the French lightweight in the 60kg final at the EU Women's Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Keszthely.

Yesterday's victory at the 23-nation tournament means Taylor has now claimed her fifth successive EU title, her 54th straight championship win, and the 138th victory of her career in 144 outings – a 95 per cent success rate.

The ring announcer called out yesterday's result as a "split decision", but the error was quickly corrected, and Taylor, who also scooped the Boxer of the Tournament award, was thrilled to add another gold to her astonishing collection.

"I'm delighted," she said. "It's been a tough week here but it's great to be back in a tournament for the first time since the Olympic Games."

The 2013 EU Championships were an outstanding success for the Irish women's team as 15 medals, five gold, three silver and seven bronze, were won.

Jacqui Lynch, Grainne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst, the current European Junior champion, secured gold in the Junior finals, all three earning unanimous decisions, and Kristina O'Hara followed that up with a gold medal win in the 48kg Junior class with a split decision over Turkey's Ayse Cagirir.

Lianne Murphy, the only Irish female boxer to reach an EU senior final besides Taylor, lost out on a unanimous decision to Turkey's Emine Bozduman, a disappointing score, given her heroic performance.

"The experience of competing at this level will be invaluable to the younger members of our squad and everyone involved with the team deserves enormous credit," IABA director of boxing development Dominic O'Rourke said.

The main body of the Irish squad are due to arrive at Dublin airport at 7.30 tonight, while Taylor, Ceire Smith and Sinead Kavanagh will arrive at 10.15.

Irish Independent

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