Katie Taylor books her place in EU final
Olympic, World and European champion Katie Taylor is safely through to the Lightweight final of the European Union Boxing Championships in Hungary after a facile victory in her semi-final today.
The Bray boxer beat Finland's Mira Potkonen on a unanimous decision at the Helikon Arena in Keszthley, Hungary to book her place in tomorrow's final where she will meet France's Estelle Mossely.
Taylor looked destined to meet England's Natasha Jonas in a repeat of their quarter-final clash at last year's Olympic Games which was named the fight of the tournament but Mossely won out after a controversial split-decision.
Victory in the final would secure Taylor her fifth successive EU crown.
Monaghan's Leanne Murphy(81kg+) is also through to tomorrow's light-heavyweight final after victory over Croatia's Dianjela Vernic.
Earlier this afternoon, Claire Grace had to settle for bronze after she lost out to Erika Guerrier of France in the welterweight class.
Guerrier, a former 81kg champion who has dropped down to 69kg, earned a unanimous decision over the Irish champion.
The Irish EU squad will be taking home a record eight silver, at least, and six bronze medals from Hungary. Saturday’s finals begin at 1pm Irish time.