There were some concerning moments for Katie Taylor during her WBA lightweight title defence on Wednesday night with the Irish champion describing the contest as the ‘toughest fight of her career’.
Having only made her debut as a professional in November of 2016, Katie Taylor has already become a huge name in the world of boxing having won her first six professional contests and claimed the WBA lightweight title in the process.
However, Taylor faced a sterner challenge than most expected on Wednesday night as she defended her pro title for the first time against a powerful Jessica McCaskill.
Hailing from Chicago, 33-year-old McCaskill headed into the bout with a 5-1 record as a professional, with an impressive three stoppages also on her resume. Despite the fact that the American was a huge underdog heading into the bout, McCaskill had been extremely confident ahead of the fight and it didn’t take very long to see why.
Taylor was undoubtedly the more rounded fighter throughout the ten round contest, however, there were some worrying moments as McCaskill showed her power and accuracy and landed some very heavy shots on the rising Irish star.
In the sixth round, the 33-year-old wobbled the Irish champion with a vicious left hook while Taylor (rather controversially) had a point deducted in the seventh for holding.
Heading into the eight, many had the two fighters level on the scorecards with the bout wide open as they headed into the closing rounds. However, the champion showed her pedigree in the home straight as she used her superior boxing to outclass the American challenger and win the bout via unanimous decision.
Speaking ahead of the bout, Eddie Hearn stated that they would be looking to get Taylor in front of an Irish crowd early next year as long as the 31-year-old successfully defend her WBA lightweight title against Jessica McCaskill at York Hall on Wednesday night.
Given the fact that that has now come to pass, Irish fans can expect to see Taylor fighting back on Irish soil in the coming months.
Katie Taylor retains her WBA Lightweight Title with a unanimous decision win over Jessica McCaskill in a very good, competitive fight
— The Boxing Lowdown (@boxing_lowdown) December 13, 2017