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Katie Taylor injured her hand in training recently and could be out for five weeks

Katie Taylor injured her hand in training recently and could be out for five weeks

Katie Taylor injured her hand in training recently and could be out for five weeks

AIBA world No 1 Katie Taylor is a major injury doubt for the May 3 Ireland v France Elite international in Millstreet, Cork.

The Olympic and World lightweight champion injured her left hand in sparring recently and could be out for four to five weeks, according to her coach and dad Pete Taylor.

Taylor senior is hoping the injury doesn't impact on his daughter's European Union title defence in Hungary this summer.

The Bray BC orthodox will be aiming for her fifth EU title in a row in Kezethly, where she claimed her third EU belt in the 2010, in June/July.

The Irish 2012 Olympic team of Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlan, Darren O'Neill and Adam Nolan and European champion Joe Ward were due to meet the French in Cork next month.

Meanwhile, Ireland experienced mixed fortunes at the 32nd Gee Bee Multi-Nations in Helsinki yesterday, with two wins, two losses and two byes.

Darren O'Neill and David Oliver Joyce advanced to today's semi-finals, but Brian Brosnan and Roy Sheahan exited at the last-eight stage.

Hugh Myres and Dean Gardiner received byes into today's semi-finals in the light-fly and super-heavy class.

Matthew Macklin hopes it will be third time lucky when he makes his third world title bid against fearsome WBA middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin on June 29.

The 30-year-old Birmingham-born Irishman lost out to Felix Sturm and Sergio Martinez in previous shots, but has earned another crack.

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"People have made Golovkin out to be this monster, but he bleeds red just like everyone else and, for the first time in his career, he's going to be stepping into the ring against a big, strong, proper world-class middleweight," he warned.


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