Ireland fields a full International women’s boxing team, headed by 3 times world champion Katie Taylor, when they meet the Netherlands in Dublin’s National Stadium on 23rd March and again in Cavan, two days later.
This is good news for fans of Irish women’s boxing since as we said on SportsnewsIreland only a week or two back regular international competition at home and abroad is the only way that the Irish side will improve. With youngsters like Ceire Smith, Katie Rowland, Michaela Walsh,Claire Grace and others on the way up the future seems bright – as long as they regularly gain experience against top class international competition. Full marks to the IABA for arranging these two contests.
Taylor recently returned from an intensive training camp in Tbilisi, Georgia and already has arranged three bouts at the royal Hotel in Bray later in February. On the nights of 24th, 25 and 26th February she comes face to face with Switzerland’s Sandra Brugger, French champion Cindy Orain (whom she defeated in a previous European Union final) and the tough Norwegian Ingrid Egner who lost to the Bray woman in London’s Haringey Box Cup Final in 2010 despite winning one round.
For Taylor it will be three more competitive contests en route to the World Championships – and only Olympics qualifier for women – in China in May. The Netherlands include two European champions, Marichelle de Jong and Nouchka Fontijn in their line up in Ireland as well as the ever improving Jessica Belder. Great too to see an International organised in Cavan .