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Boxing: Taylor 'best female fighter on the planet'

Katie Taylor has scooped the AIBA World Female Boxer of the Year award for the second time.

The Bray woman, who claimed her third World lightweight title on the trot in Barbados last month, will be presented with the award in Kazakhstan on November 2.

Taylor, who was first crowned Female World Boxer of the Year in 2008 (there was no award in 2009), beat China's Cheng Dong 18-5 to retain her title in Barbados. It was her 100th victory from 106 bouts since 2001.

Coach and dad Peter Taylor said that his daughter was thrilled to be named the best pound-for-pound female fighter on the planet once again.

"Katie couldn't believe it when she heard the news," he said. "It's a fantastic honour."

Five Irish boxers make Commonwealth finals

NORTHERN IRELAND'S boxers are in line to claim an unprecedented five gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

European light-flyweight champion Paddy Barnes, Tommy McCarthy, Patrick Gallagher, Eamon O'Kane and Steven Ward all won yesterday to clinch places in tomorrow's finals.

Barnes, a bronze medal winner for Ireland at the 2008 Olympics, chalked up a 5-0 victory over Amandeep Singh of India in what he described as his best performance of the Games so far.

And Gallagher completed the Indian double with a 5-4 verdict over Dilbag Singh to set up a welterweight final with England's Callum Smith.

Middleweight O'Kane eased past Keiran Harding of Wales, winning 12-6, and now meets England's Anthony Ogogo.

Light-heavyweight McCarthy scored an impressive 9-4 verdict over Joshua Makonjio of Kenya to set up a final showdown with England's Callum Johnson, while Ward recorded a 6-1 decision over Scottish heavyweight Stephen Simmons and will trade leather with England's Simon Vallily.

Irish Independent