Monday 23 April 2018

Boxing: Katie settles old score

KATIE TAYLOR put the record straight against Denista Eliseeva at the European Union Championships yesterday -- but her coach and dad Peter Taylor insisted it wasn't a revenge match, WRITES Bernard O'Neill.

Taylor, who is aiming for her fourth EU title in a row, beat the Bulgarian 11-6 in Katowice, Poland, to march into today's quarter-finals, where she'll meet Marzia Davide of Italy (6.0 Irish time).

The victory arrives over three months after Eliseeva was somehow adjudged to have beaten Taylor 5-1 at the Strandja Multi-Nations in Bulgaria.

The Bray woman, who beat Eliseeva 16-1 and 8-1 in the 2009 and 2010 EU finals, was 7-3 up after the first two rounds yesterday and 9-4 ahead going into the fourth and final frame.

"Katie's objective was to win the bout, that's all," said Peter Taylor.

Cavan flyweight Ceire Smith and Dublin middleweight Sinead Kavanagh both bowed out. Smith was beaten 9-4 by Katalin Ancisin (Hungary) and Kavanagh was unlucky to drop a 16-13 decision to Tamara Fabiana Garcia (Spain).

Lyne McInerney, Dervla Duffy and Kelly Harrington will be involved in last-eight bouts tomorrow. Laoise Traynor and Lauragh O'Neill have received byes into the semi-finals.

Irish Independent

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