Katie Taylor retained her WBA lightweight title in London on Wednesday night with a hard-fought victory over Jessica McCaskill.
The bout with the American challenger went the distance but Taylor eventually one out on the judges’ scorecards with a unanimous points decision, preserving her undefeated streak since turning professional just over a year ago.
She didn’t have it all her own way, however, and has readily acknowledged that it was the toughest fight of her relatively short, but already greatly successful, professional career.
In among the messages of support from fellow Irish people, Taylor herself took to Twitter not long after the fight’s conclusion to post a simple message of triumph – namely an image of the belt that she had just retained with the caption “And still… #BornForThis”:
— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) December 13, 2017
Originally scheduled to be part of the later postponed Tony Bellew v David Haye undercard, this was Taylor’s first time headlining a main event in just her eighth main event. In terms of what happens now for the Bray native, promoter Eddie Hearn has suggested that an Irish homecoming fight could be on the cards in 2018, possibly as early as March or April.