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.
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.”