Saturday 17 March 2018

Katie Taylor decimates rival to make last four at EU Championships

Katie Taylor. Photo: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor. Photo: Pat Murphy/Sportsfile

Olympic gold medallist Katie Taylor has guaranteed herself at least a bronze medal at the European Union Boxing Championships in Hungary following a facile win in her quarter-final clash.

The Bray native stopped Hungary’s Benke Sara, who took standing counts in the second, third and fourth rounds at the Helikon Hotel venue in Keszthely.

Taylor is going for her fifth straight gold in the EU Championships and will meet Mira Potkonen of Finland in the last-four on Friday.

There was disappointment for Dervla Duffy lost out at the quarter-final stage to France’s Delphine Mancini in the senior bantamweight class.

Duffy was in control of the early exchanges and will consider herself very unlucky to have lost on a split-decision.

Christine Desmond from Cork will be taking home a bronze medal from Hungary after being beaten in her semi-final today after being beaten by Germany’s Carlata Hansen this afternoon.

Earlier today, there were contrasting semi-final fortunes for Belfast Youths Kristina O’Hara and Christine Gargan by the shores of Lake Balaton.

O’Hara gave an exhibition of boxing to guarantee Ireland a first silver medal, at least, of the tournament with a unanimous decision over Italy’s Stephanie Silva.

The Irish champion dominated the bout from the opening bell and will now meet either Holland’s Tanaceina Balentien or Turkey’s Ayse Cagirir in the 48kg final at the weekend.

Gargan lost out to Wassily Lkhadiri of France in the bantamweight class. The 2011 European Junior silver medalist left absolutely everything in the ring but had to settle for bronze after four tough rounds.

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