Katie Taylor 'belongs on same stage as Anthony Joshua'

Taylor World title bout in doubt

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.

The Irishman is now 7-0 in her career, but has blown through every opponent put in front of her.

Taylor reigns as the Republic of Ireland's only world champion and is the first pro boxer to hold such a crown since Andy Lee lost his WBO middleweight strap in 2015.

"That's a big, big difference, it really is.

Staying focused this week", said Taylor as fight night approaches. The combination of punches was on point as usual.

The WBA lightweight title was on the line, but only for Taylor after Sanchez was stripped for failing to make the weight on Friday.

But she showed she had enough gas in the tank and started to box more efficiently on the outside. "These are the sort of challenges I relish and I can't wait for it".




The Irish have been patiently waiting for their Olympic hero to return home and Taylor is expected to be back on home soil in the summer.

"I thought this was pure quality", said Nelson.

Even though Taylor admitted after the fight it was not her best performance, that is irrelevant now as she is now WBA Women's Lightweight Champion.!

Taylor, who is the heavy favourite to claim a first world title in just her seventh professional fight, weighed in one pound below the weight required at 9st 8lbs.

With a world title to her name she now carries significant collateral in chasing unification bouts or pursuing a mooted clash with UFC start Holly Holm, herself a former world boxing champion at multiple weights.

The 31-year-old joined Ray D'Arcy live on RTÉ television for an interview not long after the final bell and wore her wounds of battle proudly as she couldn't hide her sheer delight at being crowned world champion. "I can see her comfortably, still staying hungry, trying to go after all the world titles and trying to unify the division".

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