Katie Taylor completed step three of four in her bid to become the unified World lightweight champion this morning easing to a ninth-round stoppage victory over Rose Volante in Philadelphia.
Volante came out aggressive in the first looking to push the pace and take the fight to Taylor, but such was the Irish woman’s class, she floored her Brazilian opponent with a short right hand to the bottom of the chin within the first minute.
It looked as though Volante had bitten off more than she could chew against the dominant Irish boxing sensation, however, she settled in the second and third landing some good shots.
Taylor, however, used her superior skill and movement to keep the fight on her terms, making Volante miss more often than not.
Three rounds in and Taylor looked comfortable, it was clear that Volante’s hopes lay in that signature right hand while the Bray woman was happy to step in and out of range and use her hand speed to pick off the Brazilian.
Despite also being an undefeated World Champion this was the first time Volante had faced anyone of Taylor’s class and it was becoming evident in Round 5 as Taylor turned it up a notch on her tired opponent.
Volante managed to survive the fifth, but you got the feeling the end was nearing. However, she showed a lot of courage to come out again in the sixth. The round continued in a similar fashion though as Taylor pieced Volante up as the chants of ‘Ole, ole, ole’ rang out from the crowd in Philadelphia.
Taylor looked like she wanted the finish in the eighth and as she came out with a flurry of punches that hurt Volante, but the Brazilian continued to show tremendous heart to hang in there with the superior Bray woman.
The ninth proved to be the killer round as the referee eventually stepped in and called a halt to the fight following a cut to Volante’s head,
Another win and the third belt for Katie Taylor (WBO, IBF, WBA) who now looks set for a unification bout against WBC champion, Delfine Persoon in her next fight.