Katie Taylor made an impressive U.S professional debut on Saturday night, as she stopped Jasmine Clarkson in the third round on the undercard of Adrien Broner vs. Mikey Garcia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
In each of her five previous pro fights Taylor was electric, aggressively stalking her opponents and throwing lightning fast combinations with astounding frequency. This was once again the case against Clarkson but the Bray boxer also showed a little more poise, patience and professional polish than she had against Karina Kopinska, Viviane Obenauf, Monica Gentili, Milena Koleva and Nina Meinke. Her victory, however, was no less spectacular.
Admittedly, Taylor had little coming back at her from Clarkson, who came into the bout with a messy 4-8 record, and she was hit by very few of the shots that the Texan did muster. After two rounds, Taylor had landed 42 punches while Clarkson had only managed to connect with just 4.
The third round saw Taylor start to set her feet and land more hurtful shots. She dropped some sickening punches to Clarkson’s body and used those to create openings to the head. Towards the end of the stanza, Taylor did this with great effect, landing with a right hand to the body followed by a vicious left hook to the head on multiple occasions. Several of those left hooks seemed to badly shake Clarkson and at the close of the session her corner sensibly called a halt to the slaughter.
It was the first stoppage defeat of Clarkson’s career thus far, while Taylor progressed to 6-0 with 4 of those wins coming inside the distance.
— Bryan Fonseca (@BryanFonsecaNY) July 30, 2017
In an interview with RTÉ before this fight, Taylor expressed frustration at the fact that her team had failed to secure a fight with a bigger name opponent with a more sterling record.
“We wanted someone who’s going to challenge me and someone with a good winning record, but unfortunately no-one stepped up to the plate and the fight was offered to bigger names but they wouldn’t take it, so there’s nothing I can do about that really,” said Taylor.
“This girl is the only one who would take the fight and she is to be respected because of that.
“What can I do if no-one else takes it? These girls need to step up to the plate and you’d think they’d be raring to go for a big fight and a big opportunity.”
“If you turn down those opportunities and those fights, you shouldn’t really call yourself a professional boxer because what are they in the sport for?
“I assume everyone has the same mindset and that they want to box the best and box on these big shows, but unfortunately that’s not the case.
“I’m not interested in padded records, I just want to box the best and I’m ready to box whoever steps in front of me.”
One can certainly understand Taylor’s frustration, because fights against the likes of Clarkson have already ceased to be of any benefit for the talented and lethal 2012 Olympic gold medalist.
Say what you want about Katie Taylor's opponent. It's hard to match against a girl who is in a league of her own.
— Steve Collins Jr (@StevieCollinsJR) July 29, 2017
Katie Taylor is special #boxing
— ColinBobz (@ColinBobz) July 30, 2017
@KatieTaylor is a machine. Going to do for woman's boxing what mcgregor does for MMA.
— Kirk Young (@kirklufc) July 30, 2017
Katie Taylor needs a bigger test than that… 3rd round stoppage nonetheless
— Declan Corcoran (@declan_corcoran) July 29, 2017
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— Shane Scullion (@shaney_bo123) July 29, 2017
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