International boxing came to Cavan when the Irish women’s team met with their Dutch counterpart for the second time in three days.
For 30 yrs old Price Waterhouse accountant Jessica Belder from Amsterdam however it was a case of “déjà vu” having gone under 25-5 to world champion Katie Taylor at the National Stadium on Friday night including a standing count of eight in round one.
It must have taken a lot of Dutch courage for the likeable Belder to come face to face with Taylor again at the Cavan Crystal Hotel on Sunday night. For Taylor this was the second of four bouts in eight days, in preparation for the World Championships (and only female Olympic qualifier, in China) and on this occasion the final tally was 27-4 in the Bray woman’s favour. Ms Belder will no doubt be hoping to avoid another meeting with Taylor in China and who could blame her?
The original pre-International programme issued by the I.A.B.A suggested that the Cavan bout would have pitted Taylor against Willeke Verdellen (at 64kg) whilst Belder would have met Gleann BC’s Carla Wright. A later change notified via the IABA.ie website and still in place as the Cavan show commenced , included a bout at 62kg between Carla Wright and the aforementioned Ms Verdellen so it looks as if Belder was only due to fight Taylor once. What since?
Seeing that Carla Wright is the Irish Elite champion at 60kg and her Management team has been suggesting for many months now that she has been unable to find any opponent against whom she can further her fledgling career, it seems somewhat surprising that no official explanation has been forthcoming for her non-appearance in Cavan. Was she perhaps ill or did she not have any ‘adequate’ notice of the bout? The event had after all been confirmed weeks ago.
There are many Irish boxing followers, especially in Ulster, who believe that Ms Wright is a “star of the future”. Many had been looking forward to seeing her in action for Ireland for the first time and were very disappointed .
It also left Willeke Verdellen without an opponent. Would a suitable experienced replacement such as Kelly Harrington, for example, not have been available to step in even at such short notice?
SportsNewsIreland would be pleased to hear from the IABA or from the Wright camp.
In other bouts at the Cavan Crystal Hotel last night, another win for European Champion Nouchka Fontijn who also completed a double, against Sinead Kavanagh of the Drimnagh club. As on Friday the Irish woman fought gamely but went under 8 – 15. Fontijn is a good outside bet for an Olympic medal if she comes through in Holland and via the China qualifier events.
It was a good night for Wicklow as Katie Taylor’s Bray club mate, Laoise Traynor notched up a fine win over Lisa de Vilder 16-13 and praise too for the Cavan’s club’s Oliwia Samsonov though on the losing end of a 13-22 score line against the 2011 World Junior bronze medallist, Alicia Holsken who like Fontijn was a winner on both nights. Another who did well for Ireland was Belfast’s Michaela Walsh who boxes out of the Holy Family Club – a winner again last night against Kristen Fraser, the 22 years old from Scotland (13-4). Australian Olympic hopeful Bianca Elmir edged out Ryston’s Dervla Duffy by the narrowest of margins 14-13
After a brief rest, Taylor meets Liz Leddy of the United States at the Silver Springs Hotel in Cork on 30th March and comes face to face with the highly promising young 19 years old Ohio boxer N’yteeyah Sherman at the annual Peter Crotty Memorial tournament in Dungarvan on 31st. Busy times for Ms Taylor who then leaves for the Irish training camp in Ukraine.
Here courtesy iaba.ie is the Cavan scorecard:
Ireland v Holland Cavan Crystal Hotel: Sunday March 25th
48Kg: Oliwia Samsanov (Cavan) lost to Alicia Holsken (Holland) 13-22
52Kg: Michaela Jannick (Cavan) v Rachael Foefnagles (Holland) (Exhibition)
52Kg: Jade Corcoran (Crumlin) beat Daria Lach (Cavan) 22-12
54Kg: Dervla Duffy (Ryston) lost to Bianca Elmir (Australia) 13-14
57Kg: Michaela Walsh (Holy Family GG) beat Kristen Fraser (Scotland) 13-4
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Jessica Belder (Holland) 27-4
69Kg: Laoise Traynor (Bray) beat Lisa de Vilder (Holland) 16-13
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) lost to Nouchka Fontijn (Holland) 8-15