Tuesday 21 November 2017

Taylor happy to maintain winning run

KATIE TAYLOR recorded her third straight victory over Ukrainian Yulia Tsiplakova at Bord Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin last night, writes BERNARD O'NEILL.

The Bray woman, who beat the Ukrainian twice at Dublin's National Stadium in March 2010, earned a comfortable unanimous decision over four, two minutes rounds last evening.

"I'm happy with the win, it's always nice to keep winning and I would like to thank Yulia for the fight and everyone for such a great show of support here tonight," said the Olympic lightweight champion.

Kilkenny southpaw Darren O'Neill, who captained the Irish team at London 2012, was also in action against former EU champion Roy Sheehan in a battle of the ex-Irish Elite champions.

O'Neill, a silver medallist at the 2010 European Championships, got the nod from the judges on a majority decision following hard-punching rounds in the 75kg class.

Taylor's Bray BC team-mate Laoise Traynor was in against Poland's AIBA 2012 World silver medallist Magdalena Stelmach and lost out on a unanimous decision to the AIBA top-10 ranked light-welter.

Meanwhile, Taylor, who has now won 135 of her 142 fights since 2001, will be back in action versus Bulgaria's Denista Eliseeva, who was at ringside last night, at the Royal Theatre in Castlebar tomorrow evening.

Eliseeva is the last woman to have beaten Taylor. She was awarded a controversial win over the Bray woman, who has beaten her three times, at the Strandja Multi-Nations final in Bulgaria in 2011.

Taylor added: "I'm expecting another tough test against Denista in Mayo on Sunday night. Hopefully, I can get another win. We've met a few times in the past and they have always been very competitive fights."

Meantime, the Ireland versus France international scheduled for Belfast on May 5 has been cancelled. Taylor and the Irish Men's Elite team were due to meet the French in Cork and Belfast on May 3 and 5. But the Belfast leg of that double header has now been shelved, promoters Platinum 1 announced yesterday. Both countries clash in Millstreet, Cork on May 3 as planned.

Irish Independent

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