(NOV 14) Reigning World, European and
European Union lightweight champion Katie Taylor departed for China
today ahead of her 60Kg title defence at the 5th AIBA Women's World
Championships in Ningbo City, China.
The 21 year old Irish woman will take part in an AIBA training camp
in Ningbo City in the lead up to the Championships which glove off
on November 22nd.
Taylor won her first World title after finishing on top of the 60Kg
podium in New Delhi, India in November 2006.
According to her dad and coach Peter Taylor, a former Irish senior
champion, who will be working his daughters corner
in Ningbo City, the Bray lightweight will be aiming to make in two
in a row in China.
He said: "Katie has prepared very well for this tournament and her
focus is on retaining her title in China. Her confidence is high but
she is aware that she will be one of the ones to beat in Ningbo City
and she knows that nothing can be taken for granted."
The 5th AIBA Women's World Championships has attracted a record
entry of 208 boxers from 44 Federations.
Women's senior bouts are contested over three, two minute rounds.
The tournament will be contested across 13 weight categories: (46kg,
48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 80kg,
*If Taylor retains her title in China then Ireland will won two
World titles at 60Kg this year. Ray Moylett, from the St Anne's club
in Westport, claimed lightweight gold at the recent AIBA World Youth
championships in Guadalajara, Mexico. Jamie Kavanagh (silver), David
Joe Joyce (Bronze) and Thomas McCarthy (Bronze) also finished in
podium positions in Mexico.*
Irish squad and Management 5th AIBA Women's World Championships
Ningbo City China November 22nd/30th
Team Manager: Anna Moore
Coach: Peter Taylor
Physio: Yvonne Ryan
60Kg (Lightweight) Katie Taylor