Five Star: Taylor one win from fifth Euro gold

IABA Press Officer Bernard O’Neill
Katie Taylor is just one win away from winning her fifth European title in-a-row following a convincing victory over Helena Falk in Rotterdam today.
The Bray woman, the current AIBA World champion, beat the Swedish lightweight 25-11 over four, two minute rounds early this afternoon.
She’ll now meet Russia’s Sofya Ochigava, the 2006 World bantamweight (54Kg) champion, in Saturday’s 60Kg final.
Ochigava, who has moved up to lightweight, comfortably beat Bulgaria’s Denista Eliseeva in the corresponding semi-final today.
Today’s win was Taylor’s fourth in five days at the Championships. She is now guaranteed to be taking home at least a silver medal from Rotterdam.
“Katie gave a very good display today. She went out to enjoy herself in the last round, but she didn’t leave anything for chance and she put in her punches as well,” said Irish team manager Anna Moore.
Saturday’s finals begin at 6pm (Irish time).
(Times according to the Dutch Boxing Association).
European Women’s Championships Rotterdam, Holland
October 17th (Preliminaries)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Julia Irmen (Germany) 15-7
69Kg: Laoise Traynor (Bray) lost to  Lauren Price (Wales) 2-21
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) beat Viktoria Kebikava (Belarus) 18-9
October 18th (Last 16)
48Kg: Lynne McEnery (St Pauls) lost to Lynsey Holdaway (Wales) 11-12
51Kg: Katie Rowland (Geesala) lost to  Nicola Adams (England) RET3
54Kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan) beat Csilla Nemedi (Hungary) RSC4
57Kg: Michaela Walsh (Holy Family) lost to Sandra Kruk (Poland) 9-16
60Kg; Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Romina Marenda (Italy) 22-3
64Kg: Kelly Harrington (Corinthians) lost to Martina Schmaranzova (Czech Republic) 9-9 (count back)
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) lost to Savannah Marshal (England) 3-22
(No count back scores available)
October 19th (Quarter-finals)
54Kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan) lost to Sandra Drabik (Poland) 9-24
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Ayzanat Hajiyeva (Azerbaijan) 17-4
81Kg: Lauragh O’Neill (Paulstown) lost to Tinea Naga (Hungary) 6-17
October 21st (Semi-finals)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Helena Falk (Sweden) 25-11
October 22nd
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) v Sofya Ochigava (Russia)
Irish squad
48Kg: Lynne McEnery (St Pauls)
51Kg: Katie Rowland (Geesala)
54Kg: Ciere Smith (Cavan)
57Kg: Michaela Walsh (Holy Family)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray)
64Kg: Kelly Harrington (Corinthians)
69Kg: Laoise Traynor (Bray)
75kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh)
81kg: Lauragh O’Neill (Paulstown)

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