Katie Taylor made an early appearance on the Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko card on Saturday night, taking to the centre of a still sparsely populated Wembley Stadium in London and battering Germany’s Nina Meinke to a seventh-round TKO defeat.
By now, we already know what to expect from the professional version of Taylor – constant aggression and blisteringly fast punches that come in seemingly endless hails. It was the same again tonight, although the Bray boxer didn’t throw quite as many body punches as she had in her previous four outings.
There was absolutely no feeling out process and Taylor started letting her hands go right from the opening bell. As a result, Meinke’s face was already showing signs of damage towards the close of the very first round.
Each stanza thereafter was almost a carbon copy of the one that preceded it, with Taylor stalking and strafing her unfortunate foe with scintillating salvos.
Meinke began to look really ragged in the fourth round, towards the end of which Taylor hammered her with an excellent straight right, followed shortly after by a hard left hook that wobbled the undefeated fighter’s legs somewhat.
In the fifth, a head-clash added to Meinke’s woes, opening a cut over her left eye.
At the start of the sixth, the Sky commentary team questioned the wisdom of sending Meinke out for another session of punishment. Nothing that we had seen to that point suggested she had the skill to change things around or the power to end it suddenly and dramatically.
Meinke, who proved that her nickname, ‘The Brave’, is no misnomer, continued to take a beating over the course of that sixth round and into the seventh before referee Howard Foster finally and mercifully called a halt to the contest.
The bout was an eliminator for the WBA lightweight title, currently held by Uruguay’s Cecelia Comunales, thus Taylor is now the number one contender for that strap. A fight between Taylor and Comunales is likely to happen in Ireland in October or November according to Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who reiterated after the fight that he first wants his charge to compete once in the States this summer.
Below is a sample of the reaction to the fight on Twitter…
At this rate I think @KatieTaylor will have to go up to welter before she's actually tested 😂 class above everyone in & around the division!
— Michael Conlan (@mickconlan11) April 29, 2017
— Reece James (@Reecejamesred7) April 29, 2017
Massive congrats @KatieTaylor go get that world tittle now , it's all yours 👊🏼 doing Ireland proud as always🇮🇪
— Jason Quigley (@jay_quigley) April 29, 2017
— Ak Fitness (@Alankinsella7) April 29, 2017
— Siobhán O'Neill (@SibhONeill88) April 29, 2017
— Paddy Barnes Q OLY (@paddyb_ireland) April 29, 2017
— Stephanie Roche (@StephanieRoche9) April 29, 2017
Nice one @KatieTaylor 💪🏻💪🏻💪🏻🥊🥊🥊☘️☘️☘️
— Shane Lowry (@ShaneLowryGolf) April 29, 2017