Taylor draws former final foe in first round of European title defence

Katie Taylor will open her European title defence against Sandra Brugger in Bucharest, Romania tomorrow.
The Olympic champion, who is aiming for her 6th successive title in the Romanian capital, will face the Swiss lightweight in a repeat of the 2007 final which Taylor won in Denmark.
Michaela Walsh opens Ireland’s campaign versus Helina Bruyevigh of Belarus on Sunday.
The 31-nation tournament – which is not using seeding – begins this afternoon in Bucharest. None of the five-strong Irish squad are in action today.
Russia’s Sofya Ochigava, who Taylor beat in the 2011 and 2012 European, World and Olympic finals, meets Maria Jassen of the Netherlands today.
European Women’s Championships Bucharest, Romania.
June 1st (Last 32 and last 16)
54kg Michaela Walsh (Ireland) v  Helina Bruyevigh (Belarus) (last 32)
60kg Katie Taylor (Ireland) v Sandra Brugger (Switzerland)  (last 16)
2nd June Last 8 (1/4 final)
69kg Claire Grace (Ireland)  v Guluzar Kara (Turkey)
3rd June (Last 16)
51kg Ceire Smith (Ireland) v Nur  Caskun (Turkey)
57kg Joanne Lambe (Ireland) v Marija Petric (Croatia)
51kg. Ceire Smith – Entry of 19 boxers
54kg. Michael  Walsh  – Entry of 23 Boxers
57kg  Joanne Lambe – Entry of 20 Boxers
60kg. Katie Taylor – Entry of 23  Boxers
69Kg Claire Grace – Entry of 14 Boxers

Irish Squad European Women’s Championships Bucharest, Romania

51kg Ceire Smith (Cavan)

54kg Michaela Walsh (Holy Family GG)

57kg Joanne Lambe (Carrickmacross)

60kg Katie Taylor (Bray)

69kg Claire Grace (Callan)

Team manager: Fiona Hennigan

Coaches: Pete Taylor, Zuar Antia, Gerry Storey

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