The magnificent Katie Taylor made no progress toward her ultimate objective of unifying the fractured world lightweight championship on Saturday night, nonetheless the popular Irish title-holder did nothing to curb her meteoric ascent up boxing’s paying ranks in their scintillating Madison Square Garden debut.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist would not simply outbox and outclass Finland’s Eva Wahlstr?m in the meeting of erstwhile amateur rivals for the undercard in the super middleweight title fight between Canelo lvarez and Rocky Fielding: Taylor won every minute of every round against a currently undefeated world champion during the clinical and infrequently shocking beatdown. The three ringside judges scored it a 100-90 shutout, as did the Guardian.
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Taylor (12-0, 5 KOs), all business within a crowd-pleasing entrance for the Pogues’ Fairytale most recent York, used fluid in-and-out movement and blinding hand speed to help keep Wahlstr?m within the back foot within the opening bell, picking her spots with sharp, accurate punches upstairs before opening up with effective body combinations toward no more first round amid “Ol, Ol, Ol” chants that cascaded down with the mezzanine.
In the 2nd Taylor’s left hook continued to search out purchase for the welt which had already appeared within the the appropriate eye of Wahlstr?m (22-1-1, 3 KO), the WBC’s champion at 130lbs who was simply upgrading a division to challenge for Taylor’s WBA and IBF lightweight belts. The Bray fighter’s ring intelligence was on full display as she unpredictably alternated the head and body attack and keep Wahlstr?m uncertain and tentative while extracting her opponent’s left-hand, exposing her insufficient an agenda B.
“That was just the idea,” Taylor said afterward. “[Trainer Ross Enamait] saw that they stood a good left jab and when we shut done that quickly we’d have the fight won.”
By get rid of the sixth Taylor was at total control and Wahlstr?m, already a bit gun-shy right away, had tasted the potency of her naturally bigger opponent and either wouldn’t or couldn’t have a meaningful response. Taylor grew more emboldened inside seventh, stepping into the pocket for stretches and unloading with further educated combinations and flurries to the body.
But as Taylor clearly pressed for the knockout within the final rounds, pouring for the punishment as the partisan crowd broke out into chants of “Ka-tie! Ka-tie!”, Wahlstr?m held on, now and then literally, in its entirety survival mode till the final bell, without a doubt benefitting on the condensed two-minute rounds to the women’s circuit.
The performance earned rave reviews from Anthony Joshua, the unified heavyweight champion who afterward paid an appointment with Taylor’s dressing room, the place that the promotional stablemates discussed her comprehensive performance and exchanged just what it the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder fight earlier this month.
Afterward Taylor, one of the more decorated female amateur boxers historical, re-affirmed her long-held goal of consolidating several lightweight title belts. That task would require matches with Belgium’s Delfine Persoon, the first sort kickboxer who sports WBC strap, and Brazil’s Rose Volante, the WBO champion.
Ireland’s happy warrior said on Saturday the Volante fight will probably come first: on the 16 March card in Philadelphia to become headlined by Tevin Farmer, who successfully defended his IBF super featherweight title for any second amount of time in Saturday’s co-main event.
Taylor, now in the small Connecticut city of Vernon about 120 miles north-east of Manhattan, also floated the odds of upgrading to face Norway’s Cecilia Br?khus, the longtime undisputed champion at 147lbs regarded for much of the decade as being the pound-for-pound world # 1, saying that a summit meeting may very well be made at 140lbs but that any fight beyond that limit would have been a bridge much. Exactly what a scrap that could be. Another possibility amid an emerging bull market for women’s boxing is a cocksure Puerto Rican veteran Amanda Serrano, a six-division champion who currently sports ths WBO title at light welterweight and who derided Taylor to be a “pillow puncher” moments after Saturday’s fight.
“That’s a tremendous, huge fight,” Taylor said. “Let’s understand it on.”