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The Hugely Impressed Boxing Media Reaction To Katie Taylor's Pro Debut

The Hugely Impressed Boxing Media Reaction To Katie Taylor's Pro Debut
By PJ Browne Updated

Even Katie Taylor admitted last night following her professional debut victory that her opponent Karina Kapinska wasn't up to much.

Taylor stopped the Polish after 58 seconds of the third round. It was a facile win, but also one which impressed. The fight gave a taste of what's to come for the Bray fighter.

Renowned boxing analyst, Steve Bunce, writing for ESPN, compared Taylor to Vasyl Lomachenko - one of the most technically gifted fighters in the men's game right now.

A few hours after Taylor's debut, a man called Vasyl Lomachenko -- the Taylor of men's boxing -- retained his WBO super-featherweight title in only his eighth fight.

Lomachenko, like Taylor, won an Olympic gold in London, European and World amateur championship titles before switching to punch for pay.

The Ukrainian won his first world title in his third fight, his second in his seventh and right now is poised once again to move up in weight and win a third title at a third weight.

He can do it because he, just like Taylor, is a ring genius and would not have benefitted from fighting even one bum.

Sky Sports was the broadcaster for the fight. On their website Matt Horan said that Taylor showed no sign of requiring time to adapt to the pros.

There were no signs throughout her debut that she may need to take some time to adapt to the change in format and promoter Eddie Hearn will likely already be considering title opportunities for the Irish superstar.

The Telegraph's Sam Dean says Taylor walked to the ring with the expectations of a sport on her shoulders.

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It is one thing to walk into the ring for your professional debut carrying the expectations of a nation, but it is another to be made responsible for the future of your sport, too. Yet that was the challenge facing Katie Taylor as she dismissed Poland’s Karina Kopinska in her first fight since crossing over from the amateur ranks she dominated for more than a decade.

With Nicola Adams yet to confirm she will be turning professional, Taylor has been tasked with leading the charm offensive for women’s boxing. She has a busy year ahead, and needs to recover quickly ahead of her next fight, on December 10, but this was an encouraging start.

Coral Barry, writing for Metro.co.uk, says Taylor should be headlining events.

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The crowd was going through the motions before Taylor arrived (aside from some extremely vocal Ronnie Clark fans).

She followed an excellent clash between Martin J Ward and Clark, but the atmosphere rocketed when she stepped out.
And then it plummeted once she had demolished Kopinska.

In fact, the far from full SSE Arena lost probably half of its audience when Taylor departed.

The Sunday World's Kevin Palmer saw signs that the Katie Taylor story is only getting started.

Taylor's thrilling third round stoppage of Polish challenger Karina Kopinska was the start of her adventure under the guidance of new promoter Eddie Hearn and the euphoric reaction to her performance in the arena and on social media suggests this story is about to take off.


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