Taylor and Smith win

October 18, 2011

Katie Taylor and advanced to the quarter-finals of the 2011 European Women’s Championships after recording a landslide 22-3 win over Italian lightweight Romina Marenda in Rotterdam today.

Also through is Ceire Smith who boxes out of the Cavan BC. She produced a stunning fightback , when trailing 8-4 versus 2010 European bronze medalist Csilla Nemedi in the fourth and final round.

But the Irish bantamweight rocked the Hungarian with a right hook straight out of the top drawer and the ref stopped the contest.

But there was double disappointment for Ireland in the light-flyweight and flyweight categories after Lynne McEnery and Katie Rowland lost.

McEnery, who was ahead after round one, was edged out 12-11 by Lynsey Holdaway of Wales and Rowland was retired at the end of the second versus England’s Nicola Adams.

The Leeds native, a gold medal winner at the 2011 European Union Championships and a two-time silver medallist at the AIBA World Senior Women’s Championships, was 7-0 up when Rowland was retired.

Taylor, who will meet Ayzanat Hajiyeva of Azerbaijan in the last-eight on Wednesday, was 6-1 ahead at the end of the first round today and forced Marenda into two standing counts in the second frame en route to commanding a 14-1 lead by the end of the round.

The Bray woman – the current AIBA World champion – added another eight points to her total in the final two rounds.

Kelly Harington, Michaela Walsh and Sinead Kavanagh will be in action later this afternoon.

Lauragh O’Neill has received a bye into the quarter-finals and will be in action tomorrow.


Previous story

Katie Taylor and Sinead Kavanagh opened their European Championships accounts with impressive wins in Rotterdam, Holland.

Laoise Traynor bowed out of the tournament following a 21-2 reversal to tough Welsh welterweight Lauren Price.
Taylor, who is aiming for her fifth European title on-the-trot, beat German lightweight Julia Irmen 15-7 to set up Tuesday’s last-16 contest with Italy’s Romina Marenda.
Kavanagh, who boxes out of the Drimnagh BC, posted an 18-9 decision over Viktoria Kebikava of Belarus and will meet English middleweight Savannah Marshall tomorrow.
Taylor, Kavanagh, Katie Rowland, Michaela Walsh, Ceire Smith, Lynne McEnery and Kelly Harrington will be involved in last-16 bouts on Tuesday.
Kilkenny light-heavyweight Laura O’Neill has received a bye into Wednesday’s  81Kg quarter-final where she’ll meet Tinea Naga of Hungary.
Thursday is a rest day at the Championships. The semi-finals and finals will be decided on Friday and Saturday.
European Women’s Championships (Topsportcentrum) Rotterdam, Holland
October 17th (Preliminaries)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray) beat Julia Irmen (Germany) 15-7
69Kg: Laoise Traynor (Bray) lost to  Lauren Price (Wales) 2-21
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) beat Viktoria Kebikava (Belarus) 18-9
October 18th (Last 16)
48Kg: Lynne McEnery (St Pauls) v Lynsey Holdaway (Wales)
51Kg: Katie Rowland (Geesala) v Nicola Adams (England)
54Kg: Ceire Smith (Cavan) v Csilla Nemedi (Hungary)
57Kg: Michael Walsh (Holy Family) v Sandra Kruk (Poland)
60Kg; Katie Taylor (Bray) v Romina Marenda (Italy)
64Kg: Kelly Harrington (Corinthians) v Martina Schmaranzova (Czech Republic)
75Kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh) v  (Savannah Marshal (England)
October 19th
81Kg Laura O’Neill (Paulstown) v Tinea Naga (Hungary)

Irish squad European Women’s C’Ships Rotterdam, Holland Oct 16th/23rd
48Kg: Lynne McEnery (St Pauls)
51Kg: Katie Rowland (Geesala)
54Kg: Ciere Smith (Cavan)
57Kg: Michaela Walsh (Holy Family)
60Kg: Katie Taylor (Bray)
64Kg: Kelly Harrington (Corinthians)
69Kg: Laoise Traynor (Bray)
75kg: Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh)
81kg: Lauragh O’Neill (Paulstown)
Team manager: Anna Moore
Coaches: Pete Taylor, Zaur Antia, Damien Walsh 
Physio: Mary Louise Ryan
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