Katie Taylor gave her legion of fans and admirers much to cheer about when she defeated Swedish champion and 2012 Olympic Games hope, Helena Falk at the Royal Hotel in Bray on Thursday night.
The three times World Champion gained a unanimous decision over her Swedish opponent, who has fought most of the World’s top women boxers including Russia’s Sofya Ochigava , Britain’s Amanda Coulson and Bulgarian Denica Eliseeva so a good performance from Taylor as she prepares for an elusive five in a row bid when she defends her European crown against all comers in Rotterdam later this year. Ochigava, Eliseeva, Britain’s Natasha Jonas , Norwegian Ingrid Egner and Sweden’s Falk are likely to prove to be Taylor’s toughest opponents in Rotterdam..
Last night’s Bray Boxing Club 14- contest card featured some of the top amateurs emerging from the local club – the crowd got tremendous value for their 15 euros entrance fee and Falk contributed in no small measure to what was undoubtedly the fight that most of the audience had come to see.
Taylor’s father and coach, Peter Taylor, was delighted with the reception and the quality of boxing and paid tribute to the Swedish champion for her part in the proceedings.
“I would like to thank everyone for showing up for tonight’s show”, he said . “Katie gave a great performance and fair play to the Swedish girl, she took some good shots and was a worthy opponent”
It is hoped that Taylor’s next fight could be as early as tomorrow night (( Saturday) at the Open Unseeded Elite Competition finals at the National Stadium in Dublin and Team Taylor are hoping to announce an opponent later today if their plans materialise.