Sunday 25 February 2018

Taylor drawn against last 'conqueror' in Baku

Bernard O'Neill and Dave Hooper

KATIE TAYLOR will meet the last woman to beat her in her opening bout at the inaugural European Games in Azerbaijan this weekend.

The Olympic champion will meet Denista Eliseeva in the last-16 on Sunday. The Bulgarian controversially beat Taylor 5-1 in the Strandja Memorial final in Bulgaria in February 2011.

Eliseeva, who Taylor has beaten four times, apologised to the Bray woman for the judging after the Strandja decision four years ago.

"Whenever people say that she is the last girl to beat Katie I always correct them and say she was the last to get a decision over her. Nobody outside of the judges at that fight thought that Katie lost it", said Taylor's coach and dad Pete Taylor.

Meanwhile, Limerick fly Myles Casey, brother of ex-European pro champion Willie 'Big Bang', and Ivan Fihurenka of Belarus will make their own piece of boxing history this morning when they clash in the first boxing bout at the European Games.

Irish captain Darren O'Neill and Kurt Walker are also between the ropes today against Romanian heavyweight Ionut Jitaru and Russian bantam Nazirov Bakhtovar.

Meanwhile, Andrzej Jezierski was Ireland's best performer on day three. The Polish native booked a place in the B final of the 200m canoe singles event having progressed through round one in the early morning.

Jezierski performed strongly in his semi-final, improving his heat performance by two seconds to finish fifth in 40.277 seconds.

With only the top three qualifying for the A final, the 33-year-old had to setle for a place in the B decider.

There was no such luck for Kildare pair Tom Brennan and Kate Egan. Both progressed to the kayak semi-finals but missed out, each by a few hundred seconds, on a B final appearance. Double kayak pair Peter Egan and Simas Dobrovolskis failed to progress past their heat.

The men's gymnastics team finished in 17th place overall. They slipped from 11th position in the standings overnight after failing to record a top-10 finish in any of the remaining disciplines.

The teenage women's gymnastic team bowed out finishing in 18th position overall, some 20 points off bronze medallists Russia

Irish Independent

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