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Twitter Reacts As Katie Taylor Claims World Title In Cardiff

CARDIFF, WALES - OCTOBER 28: Katie Taylor celebrates victory after the WBA Lightweight World Championship contest against Anahi Sanchez at Principality Stadium on October 28, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Ireland’s Katie Taylor claimed her first world title as a professional on Saturday night, as she outpointed Anahi Esther Sanchez over a rough, physical ten rounds at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

After pipping a pretty uneventful first round, Taylor almost closed the show in the second, dropping her Argentine opponent with a vicious and beautifully placed body shot. Sanchez was in obvious agony as she knelt on the canvas listening to the referee’s count, but she bravely climbed to her feet. Taylor really went for the finish in the embers of the stanza but Sanchez managed to survive the onslaught.

In the third, Taylor wobbled Sanchez with a big right hand but the teak tough 26-year-old just kept coming and even found some success with wild rights hands of her own as the session wore on.

Perhaps over-eager to end the fight in spectacular fashion, Taylor became a little wild and allowed herself to be dragged into something of a tear-up with Sanchez, who looked the bigger fighter. Thus, the Olympic gold medalist took a few more shots than she is accustom too. Still, she was simply too good and too busy for the courageous but plodding Sanchez, who did well to stand up to a brutal quartet of Taylor rights in the seventh.

In the end, all three judges scored the fight 99-90 in favour of Taylor, who scooped the WBA lightweight title that Sanchez vacated when she missed weight on Friday.

“This is the start of the takeover for me,” said Taylor afterwards, adding that she intends to unify all the major titles in the lightweight division.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.