Boxing: Katie Taylor to face home-town favourite in opener
Katie Taylor, who celebrates her 26th birthday today, will open her EU title defence with a quarter-final clash against Hungary's Benke Sara tomorrow.
Taylor is part of a 26-strong Irish squad at the 2013 EU Women's Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Keszthely, Hungary.
The Bray woman, the current Olympic, World and European champion, is aiming for her fifth successive EU lightweight gold at the Helikon Hotel, the venue where she won her third EU gold in 2010.
Taylor's team-mates Lynne McEnery and Ceire Smith bowed out of the tournament yesterday following preliminary-round defeats in the light-fly and flyweight classes.
McEnery was beaten by 2011 EU champion Meltem Akar of Turkey and Smith was edged out on a split decision by Poland's Sandra Drabik, who is ranked No 3 in the world at bantamweight.
"I thought that Ceire was brilliant against the world No 3," said Katie Taylor's coach and dad Pete Taylor, who is working Ireland's corner in Keszthely with Zaur Antia, Gerry Storey, Paddy Hughes and Catherine Meli.
He added: "Katie loves to meet home favourites and she's looking forward to this. It's great to be back in competition once again since the Olympics."