Katie Taylor defends her titles
Katie Taylor has successfully defended her WBA and IBF lightweight titles and remains undefeated after she saw off Eva Wahlstrom at Madison Square Gardens on Saturday night.
Taylor capped off a successful year when she became the first Irish boxer to defend a world title at Madison Square Gardens with her 100-90 victory over Wahlstrom. The victory was the Bray natives twelfth victory in 25 months and her fourth of the year.
Despite beating her opponent all six times they met at amateur level Wahlstrom was expected to be Taylors toughest fight yet due to her greater experience at the Pro stage. Despite the advantage in experience, Taylor proved too much for the WBC World super-featherweight champion as she put in a relentless performance which was only missing a knockout.
Taylor, who walked out to The Pogues Fairytale of New York, slowly grew into the proceedings after receiving two early jobs from Wahlstrom before going on to dominate the fight winning all ten rounds.
Speaking after the fight Taylor acknowledged that the two-minute format perhaps made it more difficult for her to end the competition early.
“Obviously, I would have loved the stoppage, but stoppages are very hard to get sometimes against a quality opponent like that, and with the two-minute rounds as well.
“I think if it was three-minute rounds the stoppages would come a lot easier, but that was a great performance, and I’m very happy tonight,” she said
Looking to next year Taylor said a perfect year would be to take on the remaining two lightweight world champions Delfine Persoon and Rose Volante, as well as high-profile encounters against Amanda Serrano and Cecilia Brækhus one after the other.