Sunday, 19 November, 2017

Katie Taylor 'belongs on same stage as Anthony Joshua'

Katie Taylor GETTY Katie Taylor World title win would be career high for fighter
Sammy Stanley | 30 October, 2017, 01:52

But it was a pretty spectacular venue with 50,000 fans already in the Principality Stadium as they waited for Anthony Joshua's clash with Carlos Takam.

And she has cruised to a world title in just her seventh professional fight.

But Taylor will not be content with merely adding one world title to her 2012 Olympic gold medal and now intends to set about unifying the 135-pound division.

The Bray fighter never looked in danger of suffering stage fright.

She floored her opponent in the second round with a attractive left hand to the body.

Both landed clean punches in the fourth but Taylor asserted some authority in the fifth when she landed a few clean punches to the head.

Taylor was the only won who could win the belt after Sanchez surrendered the title on the scales yesterday.

The Argentine defiantly bit down on her gum-shield to survive until the bell.

What had threatened to be an one-sided contest after the early knockdown had become competitive in the final stages of the 10 two-minute round contest, but as both exhausted, Taylor's superior ability continued to show and her victory was confirmed.

The cut above her eye failed to deter her late on as a five-shot combination found the target in the ninth.

Holm put together a stellar 33-2-3 record as a boxer before crossing over into mixed martial arts and shocking the world by knocking out the previously undefeated Ronda Rousey to capture the UFC world title.

One of the key factors in the making of a champion is resilience and Sanchez showed plenty of that. She will have learned much and taken much confidence from going 10 rounds at such a pace. The visitor also came with an unblemished record, 22 wins, but the last two of those were inconsequential blowouts of obscure Thai debutants, not quite the ideal preparation for a step up to this level.

But Sanchez remained unsafe through to the tenth and final round, when she was buzzed by a left hook to the temple at close range.

But overall, a performance of great credit, well received by the huge crowd. That in turn is a massive boost for women's boxing, not just in this country.

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