Tuesday 23 January 2018

In brief: Taylor claims top spot in Box Cup


World lightweight champion Katie Taylor bounced backed from a recent injury to claim gold at the Haringey Box Cup at Alexandra Palace, London, yesterday, where she won best female boxer of the tournament.

The Bray woman, who broke her nose in sparring last month, chalked up a convincing majority decision over Ingrid Egner of Norway, who she beat in her first full international in Oslo in 2004.

Yesterday's win arrived 24 hours after Taylor hammered Swiss lightweight Sandra Brugger in the Box Cup semi-finals.

Taylor will defend her European Union title in Hungary in August. The 23-year-old will then travel to Barbados in September seeking to claim her third AIBA World title on the trot in Bridgetown.


Fiachra O'Muire, of the Usher Irish Road Club, was the overall winner of the Paddy Flanagan Trophy event, which concluded yesterday with two stages in Kildare town.

In the time trial event in the morning, O'Muire finished in fourth place -- 18 seconds adrift of Arron Buggle -- but he maintained his position at the top after his opening win on Saturday.

The afternoon stage, around the streets of Kildare, was hectic but good teamwork by his Usher colleagues was sufficient to land O'Muire the top prize. In Ballymore, Cobh, the Leahy Cup race was revived after an absence of 15 years. Killorglin's Conor O'Shea was first home.


With yesterday's final day of the Topaz Donegal International Rally cancelled following Saturday's fatal accident, last year's winners Gareth MacHale and Brian Murphy were declared the winners based on the 10 stages that were completed up to the time the event was stopped.

Their Focus WRC was 61 seconds ahead of main rivals Tim McNulty and Paul Kiely in their Impreza, with Daragh O'Riordan/Tony McDaid third in another Impreza.

Dubliner Eoin Murray finished seventh and second in his two rounds of the Seat Eurocup Series at Zolder, in Belgium, while current Young Racing Driver of the Year title holder Patrick McKenna held second place for most of the fourth round of the US F2000 Championship at Iowa Speedway until a puncture dropped him to sixth in the closing laps.

He retains the runner-up position in the points table behind race winner Sage Karam.

Meanwhile, Spain's Jorge Lorenzo ran away with the British MotoGP race from pole position for Yamaha yesterday to extend his championship lead to 37 points. The 23-year-old won by 6.743 seconds for his third victory in five starts.

The absence of his injured world champion team-mate Valentino Rossi was keenly felt, with Lorenzo so far ahead of the rest by the midpoint that the television cameras focused largely on the battle for second place.

Italian Andrea Dovizioso took the runner-up spot for Honda ahead of American Ben Spies.

Irish Independent

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