(AUG 10) Reigning World and European
lightweight champion Katie Taylor completed a fantastic day for
Irish amateur boxing after claiming her third major title at the
European Union Championships in Liverpool yesterday.
The Bray Boxing club sensation beat Cindy Orain of France 11-0 over
three rounds to finish on top of the 60Kg podium at the Greenpark
Sports Arena on Merseyside.
The 21 year old Irish woman, who did not concede a point in the
tournament, won the first round 2-0, stretched her lead to 6-0 and
the end of round two, before adding another five points to her total
in the final frame.
The win arrived just a few hours after Irish captain Ken Egan got
Ireland's Olympic campaign off to a flying start with an emphatic
preliminary round 22-2 win over Julius Jackson of the Virgin Islands
Debbie Rogers, also of the Bray Boxing club, claimed a bronze medal
in Liverpool. Combined with Taylor's gold the double haul confirms
Ireland's status as the top amateur boxing nation in the European
Union, as Egan (gold), Darren Sutherland (gold), John Joe Nevin
(gold), David Oliver Joyce (gold), Paddy Barnes (silver), and Con
Sheehan (silver) all finished in podiums positions at the men's
European Union Championships in Poland in June.
Ireland have now won medals from eight of the eleven weight
categories at the Women's and Men's European Union Championships in
the last two months.
Commentating on today's win, Peter Taylor, who was in his daughter's
corner in Liverpool along with Pat Ryan, said
they were satisfied with the victory.
He said: "This is the first European Union gold that Katie has won
and she is delighted to have added to the one World title and the
three European titles she has won for the last three years in a row.
"Katie dominated today's final and she is thrilled with the victory
and very pleased with the fact that she did not concede a single
point in Liverpool."
2008 European Union Women's Championships Results
Final August 9th
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Cindy Orain (France) 11-0
Semi Final August 7th
60Kg:Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Sandra Kruk (Poland) RSC1 (Ref
Stops Contest Round 1)
(Kruk takes two standing counts and bout stopped 45 seconds into
round one -Taylor received a bye into semi finals)
Semi Final August 6th
50Kg: Debbie Rogers (Ireland) lost to Virginie Nave (France) RSCI2
(Rogers wins bronze)
Quarter Final August 5th
63Kg: Kelly Harrington (Ireland) lost to Larisa Rosu (Romania) 6-10
Quarter Final August 4th:
50Kg: Debbie Rogers (Ireland) beat Sandra Silva (Portugal) 10-6
Irish squad & Management
63Kg: Kelly Harrington (Corinthians, Dublin)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray BC)
50Kg: Debbie Rogers/Kearney (Bray BC)
Team Manager: Anja Norman
Coaches: Pete Taylor & Pat Ryan
Referee & Judge: Gerry O'Mahony
Doctor/Physio: Breda-Marie Finn.