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"Raised The Bar" - Sky's Boxing Analysts Couldn't Get Over Katie Taylor

Arthur James O'Dea
By Arthur James O'Dea
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Ireland's awareness - and adoration - of Katie Taylor hit its apex some years ago; the Olympic final bout with Sofya Ochigava commanding a swell of public attention unlikely to be matched.

In an amateur career defined by relentless success, winning quickly came to be treated as a given.

Having finally embraced professional boxing last year, it has taken only 7 fights for Taylor to become a world champion once more.

Despite being taken the 10 round distance last night by the Argentine Anahi Sanchez, Taylor ultimately outclassed her opponent, taking the WBA lightweight crown in the process.

Aired on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's heavyweight title defence against Carlos Takam, Sky's boxing analysts were gushing in their praise of the Bray native.


Two former cruiser-weight world champions in Johnny Nelson and Tony Bellew were at ringside for Taylor's bout.

Despite having a relatively easy run of opponents to this point, Bellew was adamant that viewers 'found out some new things about Katie Taylor tonight':


We found out she can take a big punch. We found out she can go the distance comfortably.

I like what I seen from Katie Taylor tonight. The combination of punches was on point as usual.

She's just shown that she's a different class and a different level to every other boxer out there. She's the number one female boxer on the planet and I can't wait to see her progress from here.

Progression is a theme that Taylor herself alluded to immediately after the fight. Looking relatively calm, she demonstrated her intention to 'takeover' the lightweight division.

Nelson, despite some initial reservations, seemed similarly convinced of Taylor's ability to raise the bar of women's boxing on her own:

I thought this was pure quality. Usually when I watch women's boxing I think 'yeah it's not bad', but this is quality.

She has raised the bar for women's boxing. Class!

Even when she got the knockdown, you look at her face. Remember, it's her seventh professional fight, she's on the verge of winning a world title, the opponent goes down and you'd think she'd have some joy in her face but there was a glint in her eye like a shark as if to say 'come on, I want to carry on fighting'.

I can see her comfortably, still staying hungry, trying to go after all the world titles and trying to unify the division.

High-praise indeed, and no shortage of expectation then.

With a large swell of Irish boxing fans excited by the idea of her making a fighting return to Ireland in the near future, one can only imagine that Taylor's ascent will continue elsewhere.

Either way, it's going to be exciting.


See Also: Watch: Katie Taylor Outclasses Anahi Sanchez To Win 1st Pro World Title



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