Katie Taylor to fight on Monday afternoon

Katie Taylor, who is aiming for her 4th AIBA World lightweight title in-a-row, has received a bye into the last-32 and will meet either Rim Jouini (Tunisia) or Juliana da Rocha Canedo (Portugal), who meet tomorrow, on Monday afternoon.

Ceire Smith and Sinead Kavanagh will get Ireland’s campaign at the 7th AIBA World Women’s Championships underway with last-64 bouts in Qinhuangdao, China tomorrow.

Cavan BC flyweight Smith faces Veglina Svetlana of Tajikistan and Drimnagh BC middleweight Kavanagh is in against Francelis Paez Carmona of Venezuela on Saturday afternoon. Both are last-64 bouts.

Saturday’s and Monday’s sessions begin at 7am (Irish time).

Flyweight, lightweight and middleweight are the three Olympic weight categories for women at the Olympic Stadium in Qinhuangdao.

The 2012 AIBA World Women’s Championships is acting as the only Olympic qualifier for female boxers.

Three Olympic places are available in each of the three weight categories for European boxers.

Taylor was seeded number one for today’s lightweight draw.

Please see below attachments for full draws.

7th AIBA World Women’s Championships Qinhuangdao, China

May 12th (Afternoon)

51kg (last 64)

Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Veglina Svetlana (Tajikistan)

75kg (last 64)

Sinead Kavanagh (Ireland) v Francelis Paez Carmona (Venezuela)

May 14th (Afternoon)

60Kg (Last 32)

Katie Taylor (Ireland) versus Rim Jouini (Tunisia) or Juliana da Rocha Canedo (Portugal)

Irish squad

51kg (Flyweight) Ceire Smith (Cavan)

60kg (Lightweight) Katie Taylor (Bray)

75kg (Middleweight) Sinead Kavanagh (Drimnagh)

Team manager: Anna Moore

Coaches: Peter Taylor and Zuar Antia

Physio: Mary Louis Ryan


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