13 May 2010 – Press Release
World and European amateur Lightweight champion, Katie Taylor has been forced to withdraw from Saturdays professional card in Limerick after a nose injury sustained in sparring last week failed to respond to treatment.
Taylor was advised to pull out of her scheduled fight with Ukrainian Champion Oleksandra Sydorenko. A specialist confirmed this morning that Taylor would not be fit to fight on Saturday much to the Bray woman’s frustration.
I’m devastated that I won’t be able to fight, said Taylor. I was so excited about fighting in Limerick and I was hoping against hope that the injury would have healed in time. If it was up to me I would still have got in there and boxed but I know that the medical people have my best interests at heart and in the long run it’s probably better that I don’t risk making the injury any worse by fighting on Saturday.
I’m still going down to the fight and hopefully I’ll get the opportunity to fight there in the future. Obviously I’d rather be in the ring boxing than watching on as a spectator but I’m still looking forward to it because it looks like it will be a great night of boxing. Andy’s in a very tough fight but he’s a great fighter and I’m sure he’ll come through it.
Another injury casualty on Saturday night’s card has seen Ian Tims pull out of his Irish title grudge match with Michael Sweeney after he tore arm ligaments in training for the bout.
Obviously the withdraws are disappointing but overall it’s still an excellent undercard, said Peters. There will be eight bouts in total including what should be an explosive main event, an Irish title fight, Mike Perez fighting twice, Andy Murray, Luis Garcia taking on Alexander Sipos and fights featuring Paddy McDonagh and Alan Donnellan.
Limerick’s own Jamie Power will be looking to steal the show on the undercard when he bids to win the Irish Light Heavyweight title in a clash with Mayo’s John The Warrior Waldron in a bout that will make history as Limerick’s first ever Irish professional title bout.
Undefeated Cavan star Andy Murray will be looking to continue his perfect record and follow on from his impressive win over Oisin Fagan in the main event on RT’s last Pro Box Live show. The 27-year-old lightweight has 18 straight wins to his name in the pro ranks and is currently rated number 3 in Europe. He faces Englishman Amir Unsworth in Limerick.
Perez’s compatriot Luis Garcia will also be out to impress against Germany’s Alexander Sipos, a former European title challenger who gave Andy Lee a very decent argument at The O2 in Dublin last March. Despite having had just five professional fights the young super-middleweight is already ranked in the world’s top 50 and has been described by many boxing insiders as a special talent.
Another intriguing contest on the bill will see Mullingar’s Paddy McDonagh taking a major step up in class as he tackles former Irish Champion and Andy Lee opponent Ciaran Healy in just his third pro fight while the Limerick based Galwegian Alan Donnellan makes his professional debut in a light-middleweight contest against England’s Ryan Clark.
Tickets for the Yanjing Fight Night priced 30, 40, 50, 60, 75 and 100 are available from Ticketmaster (phone 0818 719 300 or visit ticketmaster.ie) or locally in Limerick from The University Sports Arena, the George Hotel and the South Court Hotel.