Katie Taylor had to dig deep to retain WBA crown over McCaskill…

WBA Lightweight champ Katie Taylor faced the toughest test of her pro career last night against Jess McCaskill but ticked a lot of boxes in claiming a hard-fought points win.

The Bray native showed blistering hand speed at times to take a points victory by scores of 97-92 twice and 98-91 despite being docked a point by referee Howard Foster. Taylor improves her record to 8-0 (4 ko’s), but McCaskill pushed Taylor all the way with her rough, awkward style and rocked the chin of Taylor a few times in what turned into a slug-fest at certain points.

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Speaking afterwards, Taylor hinted again at a homecoming bout in Dublin –

“It was a tough fight, the toughest of my career. I knew I had to be at my best. It’s a privilege boxing here at York Hall, I’ve always wanted to box here. I boxed well on the outside.

“A homecoming fight in Dublin has always been on the radar so that would be great next year. I was born to do this, created to box, I live the life of my dreams. Whoever has the other belts, I want them all, and I want to make history in this sport.”

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