The European Boxing Confederation (EUBC) says it has received only one bid – that from the I.A.B.A – to stage the 2013 Women’s Elite European Championships so there is now an excellent chance that the tournament will come to Dublin .
The final decision is expected ‘ within weeks’ but provided that the Irish bid is satisfactory to the EUBC both financially and operationally it is likely that Katie Taylor will be able to seek a sixth consecutive European Lightweight crown on Irish soil. All her previous European, World and European Union titles have been outside of Ireland as of course was her Olympic Gold albeit with huge Irish support at the ExCeL Centre in London’s Docklands.
The EUBC has confirmed to leading international sports website ‘insidethegames’ that they have received the sole bid from the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) but that they are ‘ waiting for Ireland to give the necessary guarantees before an official announcement is made’.
Ireland last bid for the 2011 tournament as it was the IABA’s 100th Anniversary but that tournament went to Rotterdam where the Dutch Federation too was 100 years young.
Exact dates have not been finalised but October is a likely time though it is believed that a few countries would prefer a July date. A major International event like this would be a huge boost for Ireland and especially for Taylor and the rest of the Irish women’s boxing team. It would also most likely offer Irish boxing fans a repeat of those epic battles at the ExCeL with Taylor up against GB’s Natasha Jonas and /or Russian ‘friend and foe’ Sofya Ochigava . A sell-out crowd could be expected
As we indicated here last month when confirming that the Irish Association would bid for the tournament , the EUBC will already have been impressed by the manner in which the IABA organised last year’s 10th European Schoolboys Championships at the same venue. CityWest is one of the only venues in Ireland which could handle two rings in operation simultaneously as is certain to be a requirement for the first few days if indeed the tournament is approved at the next EUBC meeting.
Many recent European championships have had to transport boxers, their team management,coaches and equipment to and from between hotels and the venue so this too is likely to be an important fact in favour of CityWest. The overwhelming majority of those who stayed there during the recent World Handball Championships were greatly impressed.
Should the Championships come to Dublin then it will be a further boost for women’s boxing and an opportunity for Irish fans to see not only all of the top Irish women in action but also some of the world’s best including Team GB’s Nicola Adams (like Taylor, an Olympic Champion) Jonas , current World middleweight titleholder Savannah Marshall, Holland’s Marichelle de Jong and Nouchka Fontijn and the rest of the cream of European women’s boxing.