Saturday 1 October 2016

Taylor camp confirm absence from Thomond

Bernard O'Neill

Published 05/08/2015 | 02:30

Barring a late development, Katie Taylor will not be appearing at Thomond Park on September 19
Barring a late development, Katie Taylor will not be appearing at Thomond Park on September 19

Barring a late development, Katie Taylor will not be appearing at Thomond Park on September 19.

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The Olympic and five-time World Elite lightweight champion was being lined up to meet an opponent, probably a Canadian, at the home of Munster rugby on the Andy Lee versus Billy Joe Saunders undercard.

Lee is slated to defend his WBO World middleweight title against Saunders at the Limerick venue, which is expected to sell 33,000 tickets.

But Taylor, who would have fought over four two-minute rounds to the rules of the International Boxing Association, won't be appearing.

All parties concerned expressed regret after weeks of negotiations yesterday.

"We believe we did everything we could to make this event happen but unfortunately on this occasion, the outcome was not to be," said Lee's manager Adam Booth.

Devlin Sports, on behalf of Taylor, said: "It is with great regret that Katie Taylor will not be taking part on the Andy Lee undercard at Thomond Park. We would like to wish Andy all the best."

Meanwhile, Taylor's fellow Irish lightweight David Oliver Joyce has been declared the winner of his AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) bout with Brazilian Olympian Robson Conceicao.

Both men met in Uzbekistan on July 18, but the bout ended in a technical draw after Joyce had to retire with a head wound after an accidental clash of heads in the second round.

Joyce, who received six stitches to the wound, was ahead on two of the three judges' cards when the bout was stopped.

The Irish Amateur Boxing Association were informed yesterday that Joyce is the winner.

The three-time EU champion now improves to three wins from five in the APB season.

Irish Independent

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