Thursday 14 December 2017

'Comfortable' Taylor cruises to victory over Veyre

Bernard O'Neill

KATIE TAYLOR romped home to yet another victory last night.

The Olympic and World champion beat Canada's Caroline Veyre on a unanimous decision at a sold-out Mansion House in Dublin.

Veyre took a standing count off a rapid-fire Taylor combination in the third. The Canadian champion was a late replacement for American champion Clarissa Parker, who withdrew because of travel issues.

"Not knowing really anything about her was a bit of a problem, but you just have to deal with these sort of things," Taylor said.

"Caroline is a good fighter and she has a great future ahead of her. I thank her for taking the fight.

"I felt comfortable in there and it was good to get things going again after not having had a fight for nearly five months, since the European Union Championships in Hungary in early July.

"Next year is a really big year with both the European Championships and the World Championships and I'm really looking forward to both of them."

This win was Taylor's 100th from her last 102 outings and her 139th from 146 fights overall.

She'll be looking to improve to 140 from 147 against Finland's Mira Potkonen at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre in her hometown of Bray tonight.

The sold-out show is a repeat of the EU Championships semi-finals which Taylor won on a unanimous decision en route to gold in Hungary in June.

"That was a tough fight in Hungary," added Pete Taylor. "Mira is an experienced opponent and Katie wants to measure how much she has improved since they met last."

MEDALS FLOW FOR CANAL AS WALKER, MCKAY TRIUMPH

CANAL BC in Antrim claimed a double at the National Intermediate Championships finals at the National Stadium.

Jason McKay and Kurt Walker finished on top of the flyweight and featherweight podiums, respectively.

McKay, a silver medallist at the 2012 European Youth Championships, beat Kildare's Jamie Higgins on points.

McKay had to retire with a cut close to his left eye in the second round following a clash of heads. But when it reverted back to the judges, the Ulster orthodox got the verdict on points on the basis of his first-round performance.

Walker TKO'd Noel Kehoe. The fight was stopped in the third after the Kilkenny fighter took a second standing count.

Belfast's Sean Higginson secured bantamweight gold after shading Limerick's Myles Casey on a split decision.

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