Wednesday 13 December 2017

Boxing: Taylor targets five-in-a-row

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

KATIE TAYLOR leaves for Holland today on the last leg of a journey she hopes will end with a fifth European light-weight gold medal in a row.

The Continental deciders, the last major tournament for European female boxers ahead of next May's AIBA World Championships and only Olympic qualifier for women, begin in Rotterdam on Monday.

Taylor will be joined by the rest of the nine-strong Irish team in Holland on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Russian captain Sofya Ochigova looks set to enter the Championships at lightweight.

Ochigova was adjudged to have beaten Taylor 8-1 in the Czech Republic last year, an outrageous verdict seeing as even a casual look at a video of that fight shows Taylor scoring at least six points in the first round alone.

David Haye is likely to announce his retirement tomorrow -- but with the caveat of leaving the door ajar for a return to face Vitali Klitschko, the WBC heavyweight champion, next February or March.

The 'retirement' platform is part of Haye's pact with himself, that he would walk away from boxing on his 31st birthday.

Adam Booth, Haye's trainer, sent an email to the British Boxing Board of Control last Friday informing secretary Robert Smith that he would be relinquishing his licence, due for annual renewal by the governing body, in December.

But given the protracted on-off saga in the making of the Haye-Wladimir Klitschko fight in the summer, there is every reason to suspect that Haye could be dangling the carrot to the Klitschko team to finalise contract talks.

Although the Hayemaker camp remained tight-lipped yesterday, the Klitschkos' manager, Bernd Boente, insisted that a fight between the two men was "still very much on." Boente and Booth were even locked in talks yesterday. (© Daily Telegraph, London).


World champion Mark Cavendish has confirmed that he will be joining Team Sky for the start of next season.

Cavendish won the green jersey as the 2011 Tour de France's best sprinter and then added the world road race title.

"I'm confident that we can achieve success and my aim is to win stages and the green jersey at the Tour de France," he said.

One of Cavendish's wingmen, Austrian Bernhard Eisel, will also join Team Sky next season.

Irish Independent

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