Katie Taylor certainly is a ‘busy bee’ just now. Following her appearance as Grand Marshal at yesterday’s St Patrick’s Day Parade in Dublin, came confirmation earlier today that she will most likely take part in three Ireland v China bouts over next 7 days in New Ross, Dungarvan and Dublin’s National Stadium.
Now this evening comes the news that she is a ‘surprise’ last minute addition to Saturday’s televised Willie Casey-Guillermo World title fight bill at the CityWest Convention Centre. Although an opponent had still to be confirmed, it is understood that Helena Falk, the Swedish champion will be Taylor’s opponent.
In view of her recent highly controversial defeat by Bulgaria’s Denitza Eliseeva at the Strandja tournament in Pazardjik the promoters were hoping to arrange a rematch but seemingly Eliseeva, or more likely the Bulgarian boxing authorities, declined the invitation.
32 years old, Helena Falk is a very experienced fighter, winner of a bronze medal at the European Championships. I saw her outpoint Britain’s Amanda Coulson (10-6) at the World Boxing Champions Gala in Cardiff last July and she was most impressive. In January this year she repeated that win over the Hartlepool fighter, this time in a Sweden v GB international squad in Haninge.
In that recent Strandja tournament of the ‘strange results’, Falk also fell victim to Denitza Eliseeva 1-0 in a fight that most non-Bulgarians present felt sure that the Swede had won but the judges begged to differ. Falk also had a good win, over Britain’s Leah Flintham at the Haringey Box Cup tournament at Alexandra Palace in 2010 and again she was very impressive that evening though the 60kg crown and boxer of the tournament award eventually went to Katie Taylor who defeated Ingrid Egner of Norway in the final.
Talking of his daughter’s busy schedule her Coach/Dad, Peter Taylor told the ‘Irish Examiner’ :
“Provided there’s no mishap or accident or injury on Saturday night, she definitely will fight again in New Ross on Sunday,” he said.
“It’s no different than being in a championships or a multi-nations tournament, after all. You fight on successive days or nights in those all the time.
“We’ll just see how she comes through the weekend before committing ourselves to Dungarvan.”
Taylor in fact had an excellent sparring session with Guillermo Rigondeaux in Limerick recently as a result of which the Cuban declared he had been “extremely impressed” by Ms Taylor.