Katie Taylor eased through to to the quarter finals of the European Championships with a commanding performance defeating Italy’s Romina Marenda in this afternoon’s last 16 bout.
There was also a fine win by her main competitor – Russian Team Captain, Sofya Ochigava who was too strong for the 20 yrs old Northampton former Kick Boxer, Chantelle Cameron. (20:9)
There was a late surprise when the draw was made yesterday in that two times World Champion,Turkey’s Gulsum Tatar did not take part in the 60 kg competition preferring instead to enter the 64kg weight where she will be up against a less strong challenge albeit one that includes Liverpool’s Natasha Jonas, the European Union champion. Nonetheless Tatar will be a serious challenger for 60kg gold in London.
Waterford’s Lynne McEnery who boxes out of the St Paul’s Club and is herself a former kick-boxing champion suffered a heartbreaking 11-12 defeat this morning against Welsh No. 1 Lynsey Holdaway in their 48kg last-16 bout.
Holdaway in fact reached the quarter final stage of the 2010 World championships in Barbados losing out only to the eventual winner, the five times World champion India’s Mary Kom so an excellent performance from the Waterford boxer albeit in defeat. The Welsh woman has been a member of the GB Boxing 2012 podium squad though she no longer is due to the the number of quality boxers at her weight inc Nikki Adams and Nina Smith
Meantime the aforementioned Adams was far too strong for young 18 yrs old Geesala teenager Katie Rowland when the two met at the TopSport Centrum Arena in Rotterdam. . For Rowland this was a boxing lesson from one of the World’s top athletes – and one who is tipped by many experts as a likely winner of Gold in London 2012. The Leeds-born, Sheffield based Adams gave a composed performance against Katie who will have learnt much from this defeat that will stand her in good stead in the future.
Adams held a 3-0 lead at the end of the first round and following a similar display of controlled aggression in round two the Irish corner wisely called a halt to proceedings at the end of the second when Adams led 7-0 . England’s Adams thus progresses to a quarter final bout with Marielle Hansen of Norway tomorrow but it is difficult to see who can stop her from winning Gold in Rotterdam. Despite the loss, Irish boxing fans must remember that Adams is currently world no 2 having taken silver in both Ningbo City in (2008) and Barbados (2010) as well as being the current European Union Gold medal winner.
The Mayo teenager is taking part in her first Senior championships having taken silver in the 2010 European Youth Championships and a bronze in the 2011 World Youth event. Her time will come
Kelly Harrington from the Corinthians BC has also gone out of these Championships- on countback. Her last 16 bout against the Czech Republic’s Martina Schmoranzova ended 9:9 but the verdict went to Schmoranzova.
Lauragh O’Neill, of Paulstown was already through to the quarter finals – by virtue of a bye – and tomorrow meets the great Hungarian Timea Nagy. Sinead Kavanagh from Drimnagh suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Hartlepool’s “silent assassin”, Savannah Marshall as the 22:3 verdict in favour of the 19 years old Marshall implies. As is her wont, Kavanagh fought a gallant fight but remember that Marshall won Silver in the World event in Barbados and is another strongly tipped for a medal in London 2012.
Holy Family BC’s Michaela Walsh gave of her all against another Pole, Sandra Kruk but lost 9:16. Kruk had reached the European Union 57kg final against Katie Taylor in Liverpool in 2009
The final session of the day saw a great performance from Cavan BC’s bantamweight Ceire Smith who came from behind to overcome Hungarian champion Csilla Nemedi despite being 8:4 behind entering the final round. A tremendous right hook from the Cavan woman did the damage and the referee stopped the contest. Tomorrow she comes up against the European Union champion Sandra Drabik of Poland – another tough fight ahead for Ceire.