Katie Taylor pictured after winning the first of her three bouts. James Crombie/INPHO
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Katie Taylor warms up for European Championships with three wins in 48 hours

The Olympic gold medallist closed out her whistle-stop boxing tour with an unanimous points decision win.

KATIE TAYLOR WON her third bout in 48 hours, on Saturday night, as she outclassed American boxer Kristin Karlson at Dungarvan Sports Centre in Waterford.

Ireland’s gold medallist from London 2012 wrapped up her intense weekend of boxing action in style and will enter the 2014 European Championships with confidence abounding.

Unanimous was the judges decision on Friday night, at Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, as Taylor began her 48-hour odyssey in winning style. The 27-year-old was a comfortable winner over Croatia’s Marija Petric.

The lightweight champion then took on Swiss boxer Anais Kisler and had was not deterred despite a brief flurry, in the early stages, from her opponent. Taylor won all four rounds and Kisler was forced to take a standing count in the fourth round.

Susan Byrne, who plays for Taylor’s former football club, Peamount United, tweeted her congratulations:


The final leg of her weekend warm-up too her to a new location, in Waterford, but the result was no different. Taylor will head to Bucharest, Romania later this month for the ninth edition of the European Women’s Elite Championships.

She leads a five-woman team that also includes Ceire Smith, Joanna Lambe, Michaela Walsh and Clare Grace.

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