Boxing: Taylor Takes Fifth Successive
European Union Crown in Hungary
by Michael O'Neill
July 8, 2013
(JULY 8) The 7th European Union
women's Senior, Youth and Junior Championships have just ended
in Keszthely, Hungary and in particular it has been a very
successful tournament for Irish boxers.
For some 10 years now Irish fans have been used to reading about
Taylor's win in far away lands where she alone has carried the
How things have changed! In this first article on the European
union we bring you a review of the championships from an Irish
perspective courtesy of iaba.ie and in our second installment
later this week we will review the tournament and tell you who
struck Gold, Silver and bronze in Keszthely at the weekend.
The 7th European Union Women's Senior, Youth and Junior
Championships which ended in Hungary on Saturday night brought
Ireland its biggest medal haul of any International tournament
so far, male or female.
The medal-laden Quick Park sponsored 'Girls In Green' returned
home to a rapturous reception at Dublin Airport on Sunday night
following their heroic performances at the EU Women’s
Championships in Hungary.
Fifteen medals, a record for Irish boxing, were claimed at the
23-nation tournament in Kezsthely.
Katie Taylor, Kristina O’Hara, Grainne Gavin, Amy Broadhurst and
Jacqui Lynch went all the way and won gold. In addition
Taylor was once again named as on so many occasions in recent
years, as best Boxer of the tournament.
Taylor, who has now won 15 major gold medals since 2005, said
she was proud to be part of the Irish squad.
“I’m just proud to be part of this incredible team, said the
Olympic, World, European, EU and Irish lightweight champion and
three-time AIBA World Female Boxer of the Year. In Hungary she
struck Gold at 60kg for a record fifth successive year.
“Five gold, three silver and seven bronze medals! It’s
unbelievable to come away with so many medals from this
tournament. The future of Irish women’s boxing is bright with
all these young girls coming through,” added the AIBA Ambassador
for Women’s Boxing.
IABA President Tommy Murphy added: “Our young athletes
distinguished themselves in Hungary this week and they
represented their country with pride and we cannot speak highly
enough of them and our management and coaching staff at the
“The clubs and coaches also deserve enormous credit for this
wonderful success and all credit to them. I would also like to
thank Quick Park of Dublin Airport for sponsoring the team for
the EU Championships.”
Commenting on the team’s success, Quick Park owner, businessman
John O’Sullivan, said: “The Irish Ladies Boxing Team delivered
outstanding performances during this year’s European Union
Women’s Championships in Keszthely, Hungary.
“The sponsorship of the Irish ladies boxing team by Quick Park
is something we are all very excited about. Boxing in Ireland is
becoming increasingly popular and the Irish ladies boxing team
are extremely talented and bound for further success”
Dr John Lynch, Chairman of the IABA Board of Directors, has
hailed the performances of the Irish women’s squad at the EU
Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Hungary as a
unique occasion for Irish amateur boxing and Irish sport.
“This is a unique occasion for the Irish Amateur Boxing
Association and Irish sport and a reflection and testament to
all the voluntary hard work of management, coaches and clubs and
everybody involved with our sport, said Dr Lynch.
“Winning fifteen medals speaks for itself. Our athletes have
surpassed themselves once again in international competition.
“They are tremendous source of pride to the Irish Amateur Boxing
Association and this is another proud occasion for our sport.”
Jacqui Lynch struck gold in Ireland’s first final at the EU
Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships in Keszthely,
The Golden Gloves BC ace beat Poland’s Sarah Domagala on a
unanimous decision to finish on top of the light-flyweight
Junior podium at the Tennis Hall venue at the Helikon Hotel.
Grainne Gavin and Amy Broadhurst, the current European Junior
champion, followed that up with gold medal wins in the
bantamweight and featherweight Junior finals.
Gavin came through a tough opening frame with Germany’s Mandy
Berk to produce another heroic performance, particularly in the
final frame, en route to a unanimous decision.
Broadhurst made it three in-a-row at 57kg versus France’s Elisa
Bouchlaka, the Dundalk southpaw getting the nod from all three
judges across the board.
Ciara Sheedy, battling all the way down to the final bell, had
to settle for silver against France’s Belinda Belmuka in the
63kg final. Sheedy won the first round of this encounter, but
Belmuka turned it around in the final two frames to seal
Kristina O’Hara maintained the gold rush in the first of the
The Belfast light-flyweight clearly won the first two rounds of
her 48kg decider with Turkey’s Ayse Cagirir The Turk came back
in the third, but O’Hara held firm to secure gold on a split
Niamh Ball was in against current European champion Paulina
Jakubcz of Poland and lost out on a unanimous decision.
“Niamh gave it absolutely everything she had and that’s all you
can ask for. She boxed very well against a very experienced
opponent,” said Liam Brereton from ringside in Keszthely.
Later on Saturday afternoon, AIBA World No. 1 Katie Taylor
claimed her 5th successive EU gold and Ireland’s fifth gold
medal of the afternoon with a unanimous decision over French
champion Estelle Mosselly.
Taylor has now won 15 major gold medals at the Olympics, World
Championships, European Championships and EU Championships since
The Bray woman took the opening two rounds of today’s
four-rounder against her elusive opponent. The third may have
finished even and Taylor won the fourth.
“I’m very proud to have won gold, said Taylor after securing
Ireland’s fifth gold of the day. “The squad have been
magnificent out here this week. To win so many medals! The
future of Irish women’s boxing is very bright with so much
talent coming through.”
Monaghan’s Lianne Murphy, the only Irish female boxer to reach
an EU final besides Taylor, lost out in her bid for gold despite
an heroic performance in the 81kg+ final.
Murphy was adjudged to have lost on a unanimous decision to
Turkey’s Emine Bozduman, a generous margin given Murphy’s
display over four rounds.
Pete Taylor, Zuar Antia, Gerry Storey, Paddy Hughes and
Catherine Meli were working Ireland’s corner in Kezsthely.
EU Women’s Senior, Youth and Junior Championships Keszthely,
EU Junior Finals
48kg: Jacqui Lynch (Ireland) beat Sarah Domagala (Poland) 3-0
54kg: Grainne Gavin (Ireland) beat Mandy Berk (Germany) 3-0
57kg: Amy Broadhurst (Ireland) beat Elisa Bouchlaka (France) 3-0
63kg: Ciara Sheedy (Ireland) lost to Belinda Limuka (France) 0-3
EU Youth Finals
48kg: Kristina O’Hara (Ireland) beat Ayse Cagirir (Turkey) 2-1
57kg: Niamh Ball (Ireland) lost to Paulina Jakubcz (Poland) 0-3
EU Senior Finals
60kg: Katie Taylor (Ireland) beat Estelle Mosselly (France) 3-0
81kg+: Lianne Murphy (Ireland) lost to Emine Bozduman (Turkey)
Irish EU Medal Winners
60kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) (Gold)
69kg: Clare Grace (Callan) (Bronze)
81kg: Lianne Murphy (Carrickmacross) (Silver)
48kg: Kristina O’Hara (Emerald) (Gold)
54kg: Christine Gargan (St Georges) (Bronze)
57kg: Niamh Ball (Trojan) (Silver)
69kg: Christine Desmond (Macroom) (Bronze)
75kg: Cathy Higgins (Ardnaree) (Bronze)
81kg: Maeve McCarron (Carrigart) (Bronze)
48kg: Jacqui Lynch (Golden Gloves) (Gold)
54kg: Grainne Gavin (Castlebar) (Gold)
57kg: Amy Broadhurst (Dealgan) (Gold)
60kg: Ciara Ginty (Geesala) (Bronze)
63kg: Ciara Sheedy (Swinford) (Silver)
66kg: Leah Marie Doyle-Roche (St Brigids) (Bronze)