Ireland’s 2012 Olympic gold medallist and multiple-time world amateur champion Katie Taylor began her professional boxing odyssey on Saturday night, taking on Polish veteran Karina Kopinska in a super-featherweight six-rounder at the Wembley Arena.
London was the site of her greatest triumph as an amateur and so it was somewhat fitting that Taylor launched her career in the paid ranks in the city as well.
Sporting a record of 7-14-3, Kopinska didn’t look likely to pose a threat, but the fact that she had only ever been stopped once as a pro – by the heavy-handed Maiva Hamadouche back in 2013 – suggested that she had the punch resistance and ring savvy to give Taylor a good workout.
However, it didn’t really turn out like that as Taylor began hammering Kopinska with blistering combinations from the very get go. She pushed the tough 27-year-old back constantly and dropped some beautiful shots to the body amidst varied barrages to the head.
Taylor throwing left hooks to the body like a 50 fight Mexican veteran! #Class 😍
— Paul Smith (@PaulSmithJnr) November 26, 2016
Kopinska was in a shell, firing very little back by the third round and the referee was given little choice but to call a halt to the slaughter.
Although it came against a completely over-matched opponent, this was an impressive start from Taylor who looks likely to get another run-out on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title defence against Eric Molina on December 10th.
Here is how the Twitterverse reacted to Taylor’s destructive display…
Katie Taylor is already Eddies best fighter! #teamireland
— Paddy Barnes Q OLY (@paddyb_ireland) November 26, 2016
— blowin off steam (@makesmelaff) November 26, 2016
Brilliant from #KatieTaylor, superb shot selection especially the body work. Dispelled any lingering doubts that might have surrounded her.
— Simon Bourke (@Simon_Bourke28) November 26, 2016
What a classy performance from Katie Taylor. Women's boxing has its critics but that was a special display. Much more to come
— Kevin Palmer (@RealKevinPalmer) November 26, 2016
@KatieTaylor looks the real deal as a pro boxer her main problem might be finding opposition
— Adrian Fitzpatrick (@AmacgiollaP) November 26, 2016
Katie Taylor did what she had to do but let's be honest: that was a nothing fight against someone who shouldn't be in there. Waste of time.
— Shane Stapleton (@ShaneSaint) November 26, 2016
I'd took them shots all day long @KatieTaylor is overrated well done champ 😂
— Neil 2 Tap Seery (@NeilSeeryMMA) November 26, 2016
That left hook to the body left to the head 👌🏻@KatieTaylor beautiful 🇮🇪
— Paddy Holohan (@PaddyHolohanMMA) November 26, 2016
Well done @KatieTaylor Great performance!!
— matthew macklin (@mattmacklin) November 26, 2016
That was a clinical performance @KatieTaylor!
Congratulations champ 🍀
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) November 26, 2016
Congratulations @KatieTaylor on her first pro fight
— Tommy Bowe (@TommyBowe) November 26, 2016