Katie Taylor and her legion of fans celebrated her 25 – 8
win over Bulgarian champion, Denitsa Eliseeva, in style,
by repeating what we saw - and heard - at the XXX
Olympiad in London 2012.
One of the
memorable moments of London 2012 came when Taylor fought and
defeated Great Britain’s Natasha Jonas at the ExCeL Arena in
London’s Docklands on a never to be forgotten occasion for
those of us fortunate enough to be present.
official statistics show that on that occasion the noise
from the near 10,000 fans measured at an ear-blistering 113
decibels, the loudest in any Olympic bout, male or female.
‘s bout took place in in Castlebar, County Mayo at
the packed 2,000 seater Royal Theatre
and Event Centre. Today their review of the
evening’s entertainment says “Last night,
Katie's crew conducted a decibel test. The decibels reached
in the Excel Arena, London last summer for Katie's Olympic
fight was a record 113 decibels. Dublin tried to beat it
last Friday at Katie's fight in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre
(against Julia Tsyplakova of Ukraine) , but only
managed 107 decibels. Well guess what? Castlebar fans - you
EQUALLED that of the noise level in the Excel Arena last
year with 113 decibels last night! AMAZING ATMOSPHERE!!”
It was for
Mayo sports fans the perfect end to a perfect day which saw
the home side’s Gaelic footballers defeat
All-Ireland champions Donegal. Many fans who were present at
Elverys’ McHale Park later went along to the Royal Theatre –
among them Mayo idol, Aidan O’Shea –not only to pay their
respects to the World and Olympic champion but also to see
an excellent night’s boxing organised in conjunction with
Geesala, one of Ireland’s leading boxing clubs among whose
number is another Katie - Rowland – one of the country’s
leading future prospects who was making a
welcome return to the ring. Last night Rowland scored a 30:4
win over Ballyhaunis’ boxer Michelle Daly, herself an Irish
night another Mayo star taking part was European champion
Ray Moylette beat Olympic BC, Galway’s Patrick Mongan 19-7
on the Taylor/Eliseeva undercard in a repeat of their Irish
Elite Championships quarter-final which Moylette won 14-7.
evening’s main bout, Taylor gained a very comprehensive 25-8
decision over the Bulgarian titleholder, who incidentally
was the last boxer to ‘defeat’ the 26 years old from Bray.
That was a highly controversial decision at the Strandja Cup
in Bulgaria in 2011where most neutrals had Taylor ahead by
15 points or more. Indeed the Referee raised Taylor’s hand
in victory and the Stadium announcer congratulated her on
her win only for the judges’ to award the decision to their
local hero. On that occasion Eliseeva very sportingly
apologised to Team Taylor and several of the judges were
later suspended though the result stood.
Taylor, Sunday night was ‘just another bout’ on the long and
winding road to Rio and no thought of ‘revenge’. She won the
first round 6-2, was 12-3 up after the second and took an
18-5 lead from the third into the fourth and final frame,
which she won 7-3. It was a gallant fight by the experienced
Eliseeva against all the odds . Great praise to her - and
her coach - for venturing into Castlebar and facing not only
such an opponent but also an ‘intimidating’ (albeit very
friendly) local crowd in support of their fighter.
later: “I would like to thank everyone for coming out in
support in Castlebar tonight, it certainly was a tremendous
atmosphere and that was a great motivator”.
would also like to thank Denitsa for tonight’s bout. It has
been a busy weekend and I’m delighted with the victories.”
no.1 is off to Kazakhstan with the Irish Elite men’s squad
for a training camp on April 3rd but returns to
the ring in Cork at the Green Glens Arena in Millstreet on
May 5th on the occasion of the IABA International
fixture against France.
night’s Brian Peters Promotion ‘On the Road to
Rio’ must surely show the IABA that ‘providing
the price is right’ there is a huge interest in boxing
outside of Dublin’s National Stadium. That makes it all the
sadder that Belfast fans have been deprived of the
opportunity of seeing Katie Taylor, Paddy Barnes, Mick
Conlan and John Joe Nevin in action following the IABA’s
cancellation of the Ireland v France planned May meeting,
which had been scheduled as a two city International.
night, Taylor defeated Ukrainian titleholder Julia
Tsyplakova at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin to
record her third win since winning an historic Olympic gold
in London last August.
It was also
her third victory over Tsyplakova, whom she twice defeated
at Dublin’s National Stadium in March 2010. Tsyplakova, the
30 years old from Kharkiv, had reached the quarter finals of
the 2012 World (57kg) championships in China, where she went
out against England’s world no 2, Lisa Whiteside and prior
to Friday had defeated many of the world’s leading boxers at
57 and 60kg.
with the win, it’s always nice to keep winning and I would
like to thank Julia for the fight and everyone for such a
great show of support here,” said the Olympic lightweight
years old from Bray scored a comfortable unanimous
points decision over four, two minutes rounds.
It was an
impressive performance from the World No. 1, who repeatedly
snapped home two and three-punch combinations against
Ukrainian was rocked by a big left right in the first, and
Taylor, using her right jab as her launch pad for most of
her good work, also found the target with some big lefts in
the third and fourth.
Olympic boxing captain, Darren O’Neill beat Roy Sheahan on a
majority decision on Friday’s card, both boxers serving up
an engaging and hard-punching middleweight contest.
Bray BC team-mate Laoise Traynor gave a fine account of
herself against Poland’s Magdalena Stelmach, a silver
medallist at the 2012 AIBA World Women’s Championships,
Stelmach winning on this occasion.
real winner though both in Dublin and in Castlebar was
‘women’s boxing’ for the audience on both nights was not
your typical boxing fan but an across the board mix of men
and women, boys and girls, the young and old, many of whom
until Katie Taylor’s win in London 2012 would never have
seen a female bout even on television.
on two bitterly cold March nights the fans queued to get in
but were in no hurry to leave as their hero happily signed
autographs, a copy of ‘Katie Taylor – My Olympic Dream’ or
stood patiently chatting whilst dozens of photographs were
taken. Clubs throughout Ireland – as in the United Kingdom
and other countries – have been “snowed under” with
applications from young women of all ages to join their
local club since London 2012.