Taylor among five to box for Ireland at European Championships

Olympic champion Katie Taylor will lead Ireland's five-strong squad for the 2014 European Women’s Elite Championships in Romania in May.

Taylor among five to box for Ireland at European Championships

Olympic champion Katie Taylor will lead Ireland's five-strong squad for the 2014 European Women’s Elite Championships in Romania in May.

Boxing at the Championships, the 9th in the edition, begins at the Polyvalent Hall in Bucharest on May 31.

Taylor will be aiming for the sixth successive European gold medal in the Romanian capital.

Taylor beat Russia’s Sofya Ochigava in the 2011 European final in Rotterdam, Netherlands to claim her fifth European Elite title.

The Bray woman also beat Ochigava in the 2012 World and Olympic finals.

Experienced Cavan BC international Ceire Smith will wear the Irish light-flyweight vest in Bucharest and former AIBA World Youth bronze medallist Michaela Walsh will line out at bantamweight.

Joanna Lambe and Clare Grace claimed silver medals at a Round Robin tournament in Germany in March. Lambe, Grace, Walsh, Smith and Taylor are current Irish Elite champions.

Irish Squad 2014 European Women’s Championships Bucharest, Romania May 30 - June 8.

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

54kg Michaela Walsh (Holy Family GG)

57kg Joanna Lambe (Carrickmacross)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)

69kg Clare Grace (Callan)

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