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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Katie Taylor unstoppable as she outclasses opponent in first bout since Olympics

Cormac Byrne

Published 22/02/2013|22:50

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22 February 2013; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates after victory over Karolina Grazcyk, Poland, in their 60kg bout. National Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 February 2013; Katie Taylor, Ireland, celebrates after victory over Karolina Grazcyk, Poland, in their 60kg bout. National Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 February 2013; Ken Egan, Neilstown Boxing Club, waves to the crowd after defeat to Joe Ward, Moate Boxing Club, in their 81kg Light Heavyweight final. National Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE
22 February 2013; Ken Egan, Neilstown Boxing Club, waves to the crowd after defeat to Joe Ward, Moate Boxing Club, in their 81kg Light Heavyweight final. National Elite Boxing Championship Finals, National Stadium, Dublin. Picture credit: David Maher / SPORTSFILE

Katie Taylor was at her imperious best again tonight, defeating Karolina Grazcyk of Poland with ease in her first appearance since her London heroics.

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The Olympic gold medallist produced a typically clinical display with beautifully constructed combinations.

It was looking like the 26-year-old Bray native could have stopped proceedings in the third round when forcing her Polish opponent to take two standing counts but ultimately ran out a facile 28-5 winner.

Having beating Grazcyk twice before, Taylor was expected to win and did so in style.

"I've done rounds and rounds of sparring over the last few months but there is nothing like getting into the ring and boxing and getting the ringrust out," she said, after picking up the national 60kg title unopposed.

"I'm delighted to be back in the ring after so long.

"It's always a pleasure to box in front of your home fans, they've been incredible of the past few years for me.

Taylor is back in action at the Bord Gais Energy theatre this weekend and added: "I can't wait t get back in the ring on Sunday. It's going to be a great night of boxing."

Earlier tonight, Kenneth Egan retired from boxing after a heavy defeat to Mullingar's Joe Ward.

Olympic silver-medallist Egan fighting in his 13th consecutive senior final could not contend with the sheer power of Ward but produced an immensely brave display in a 25-5 defeat.

"I'm glad I'm handing my mantle over to someone like that. He's a legend in his own right," he said.

"I want to thank everyone who has come out to cheer me on over the last 13 years but tonight is the last of it. I'm retiring tonight from the ring."

It was a memorable in the career of Ross Hickey who produced a final-round masterclass to beat former European champion Ray Moylette 15-11 in the light-welterweight division.

The fighter were level 8-8 going into the final round but Hickey found new gears to win the final three minutes 7-3.

Ryston's Hugh Myers beat TJ Waite to take the light flyweight category.

Olympic bronze medallist Michael Conlon produced another classy display to defeat Chris Phelan 20-9 in the 52kg final.

Crumlin's Declan Geraghty beat Gary McKenna 16-7 in the bantamweight division.

Sean McComb of Holy Trinity beat George Bates to take the lightweight crown while young Jason Quigley added to his reputation by defeating Athy's Roy Sheehan 19-7.

Tommy McCarthy producd a scintillating display to take the heavyweight title with a third round stoppage.

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