From Bray to Hunting for Prey - Ireland's Katie Taylor

Over the last couple of months I have seen Anthony Joshua turn in a performance I did not think he was capable of, Canelo Alvarez move up to light heavyweight and win another world title but there has been one name that has outshone all the rest in recent times. Bray native Katie Taylor has propelled female boxing into the limelight. The impact has been of such nature that not even the average boxing fan will have been able to turn a blind eye. 

Irish legend Katie Taylor
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Turning Heads

The lightweight queen recently moved up to super lightweight to add to her ever growing collection of world titles. Katie became Undisputed lightweight champion with a thrilling Majority Decision victory over Belgian Delfine Persoon in a fight that could have been scored either way without much controversy, as both fighters left it all in the ring. The step up to super lightweight brought another top performance. Christina Linardatou had the edge in the power stakes but the fighting pride of Ireland put in another master class to walk home with the belt. The WBO rules state that no fighter, male or female, can hold a WBO version of the world title in two separate weight classes so Taylor was forced to vacate since. 

After an esteemed amateur career Katie Taylor had a world title around her waist just six month after her pro debut. Winning gold at London 2012 with a rake of other honours behind her, it might have been hard to top her achievements but the four years that have followed have been nothing short of sensational. Jessica McCaskill is now a unified world champion but even she was swatted aside when competing for Taylor's WBA lightweight world title, despite a point deduction for Taylor in the fight. Victoria Bustos, Kimberly Connor, Cindy Serrano and Eva Wahlstrom were big names coming into fights with Taylor but between them all they were lucky to pinch a round before Taylor's fight to become undisputed against Persoon. 

A replay of the full fight between Taylor and Persoon is available below, with thanks to Sky Sports Boxing




Flying the Flag

A leading light and inspiration to aspiring female boxers, the 33 year old still has the skills to pay the bills so to speak and is not content to hang up her gloves just yet. I've no doubt her legendary status is already confirmed but Katie continues to seek some of the biggest fights female boxing has ever seen. 

The 15-0 (6KO) fighter is looking for only the best this coming year. The word over the last few days is that she is due to headline Madison Square Garden in a fight against Amanda Serrano, sister of former opponent Cindy Serrano. There are a couple of contenders in the lightweight division beginning to rise but the schedule looks set for three huge fights this year. Amanda Serrano is the world's best at featherweight and should eventually answer the call to fight. The 37-1-1 (27KO) Puerto Rican holds the WBC and WBO versions of the featherweight world titles. The rematch with Persoon must happen and both fighters are pushing for just that. The Belgian has stayed active, dropping to super featherweight, picking up another victory. 

Headlining at Madison Square Garden?
Picture: irishmirror.ie


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Last but by no means least, the fight to end all fights. Forget Mayweather-Pacquiao and Joshua-Wilder, Taylor v Braekhus is the one to look forward to. Cecilia Braekhus is unbeaten in 36 fights and is the undisputed welterweight champion. The Norwegian fighter is 38 and will hopefully look to cash in on an incredible career to date with the Taylor fight. The rightful owner to the crown of the best ever will no doubt be on the line between these two if Taylor can beat Persoon in the rematch, or win a potential third fight. Braekhus has held at least three of the four welterweight belts since 2010 and picked up the IBF belt in 2014. Fingers crossed we will see this fight. 

The fight to decide The Best Ever?
picture: Irish-Boxing.com


Let's give female boxing the air time it deserves as we move in to another massive year after a breakthrough the last two or three years. All eyes will be on Katie Taylor, can she win them all? 

Let us give a small shout out to Eddie Hearn who has done his promotional dues to bring us the biggest fights for Katie. Give us three massive fights in one year - please. 




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