Saturday 16 November 2019

Boxing: Taylor eyeing up 15th gold medal

KATIE TAYLOR will be targeting her 15th gold medal in Hungary this week.

Taylor, Ceire Smith and Sinead Kavanagh arrived in Keszthely last Friday last ahead of today's opening bell for the Women's EU Women's Championships.

The rest of Ireland's 24-strong squad, which includes European junior champion Amy Broadhurst, flew into the Hungarian city yesterday.

Taylor, the current Olympic, World and European champion, is aiming for her fifth EU title in a row. Fourteen boxers, including Liverpool southpaw Natasha Jonas, who Taylor beat at London 2012, have entered in the Bray woman's lightweight class.

Contingent on this morning's draw (11.0 Irish time), Taylor could be in action in today's preliminaries at the Helikon Hotel, where she won her third EU title in 2010.

Earlier this month, the Irish men's team claimed two gold and two silver medals at the European Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

And Taylor, who celebrates her 26th birthday tomorrow, is hoping that the women's team – Ireland's biggest female squad for an international competition – will equal or surpass that in Kezsthely.

Irish Independent

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