Pete Taylor disappointed with decision not to seed female boxers at European Games
International Boxing Association confirm male boxers will be seeded at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan
Katie Taylor in action against Yana Allekseevana of Azerbaijan in the AIBA 60kg Elite Women’s World Boxing Championships final last November. Photograph: Inpho
The International Boxing Association (AIBA) have confirmed that male boxers will be seeded at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, but not women.
This is the second major Championships in which there was no seeding for women. Their was no seeding at the AIBA World Elite Women’s Championships last November in Korea, where Katie Taylor won her successive gold medal.
Taylor could now meet Sofya Ochigava, if she is named in the Russian squad, in the preliminaries in Baku in a repeat of the 2012 Olympic final.
“Katie has been ranked number one in the world for the last nine years, but what is the point of having world rankings if there is no seeding. It’s disappointing,” said Pete Taylor.
Taylor junior and her fellow London 2012 Olympians Darren O’Neill and Adam Nolan haven been named in a 12-strong Irish boxing squad for the European Games.
If Taylor wins any class of a medal in Baku she will pick up enough rankings points to go into 2016 ranked number one in the World for an unprecedented 10th successive year.
The first Olympic qualifier for female boxers will be at the AIBA World Elite Championships in Kazakhstan next February.
Meanwhile, David Oliver Joyce flew out to Uzbekistan with Irish coaches Billy Walsh and Zuar Antia yesterday ahead of his AIBA Pro Boxing (APB) bout with Uzbek lightweight Hurshi Tajibaev in Tashkent on Friday.
If Joyce wins the eight-rounder his next APB bout will be for a place at the 2016 Olympics. Joe Ward meets French light-heavy Mathieu Bauderlique in APB on June 5 two wins from qualifying for Rio 2016.
The host city for the Ward versus Bauderlique fight has yet to be confirmed. It is understood that a Bulgarian city is under consideration.