On Saturday 14th November, Katie Taylor won her defending bout against Spain’s Miriam Gutierrez, retaining her world title.
From the word go, Taylor came out swinging. She blistered her opponent with strikes, sending Gutierrez into an unexpected frenzy.
Gutierrez appeared stunned and under pressure, at times even ready to give up. Despite several knocks, especially in the earlier rounds, it appeared to be a one-woman fight in Taylor’s favor. After ten grueling rounds, Taylor was crowned as the winner by unanimous decision.
Taylor was an absolutely different class. She showcased her predatory boxing ability by slipping outside her opponent’s attacks and finishing with hooks from both the left and right.
By anyone else’s standards, the fight was punch perfect. The Bray native was grudging that she wasn’t able to get the stoppage, crediting Gutierrez for her durability.
This match was a milestone in Taylor’s career, as it was the first time she headlined a weekend boxing show. The fight was also shown for free on Sky Sports and available to watch live on social media.
This meant a total of over two million people tuned into the fight on some platforms, which is a great move for women’s boxing. Taylor has done trojan work for the sport already in her career and this move will only cement her legacy further,
After defending her belts she was right back to talk of future fights, yet again cementing herself in a league of her own.
Eddie Hearn, Managing Director of Matchroom Sport, backed up this sentiment in the post-fight interview, saying: “You couldn’t suggest a fight that she would say no to… she’s the greatest ever to do it”.
Having won five consecutive medals at the World Championships, 6 European medals, an Olympic gold medal at London 2012, it’s hard to argue with that.
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