Katie Taylor is unbeaten after 15 professional fights and is the current WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring lightweight champion of the world.
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Katie Taylor is the woman to beat in the lightweight division and she puts her reputation and titles on the line against Puerto Rica star Amanda Serrano. Taylor, who won Gold at the 2012 London Olympics, turned professional in 2016 after losing in the quarter-finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Here is a look back at ther top five wins during her 15-bout professional career:
5. Katie Taylor v Rose Volante – March 15, 2019
This victory over Brazilian Rose Volante saw Taylor unify the WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight titles and set up a unification bout with Delfine Persoon. Taylor stopped this one in the ninth round of a 10-round bout with Volante pulled out after a gash on her nose opened up following an accidental clash of heads. Taylor was dominating the fight and even dropped Volante in the first round , she almost ended it with a left hook in the fifth, but Volante wouldn’t quit. Taylor was clearly the better fighter and didn’t allow Volante to get a grip of the fight and it was rightly ended in the ninth.
4. Katie Taylor v Nina Meinke – April 29, 2017
Taylor took on Germany’s Nina Meinke for the vacant WBA Inter-Continental belt on April 27, 2017 at Wembley Stadium on the undercard to Anthony Joshua versus Wladimir Klitschko. This was Taylor’s fifth fight as a professional and she stopped Meinke in the seventh round. She was ahead on points after winning all six rounds, but she made sure there was no confusion as she attacked a cut over Meinke’s eye, and the referee soon stepped in to call it off.
3.Katie Taylor v Karina Kopinska – November 26, 2016
This was Taylor’s debut professional fight against Karina Kopinska at The SSE Arena Wembley. This bout was scheduled for six rounds, but it didn’t last that amount as Taylor had her opponent stopped in the third. Taylor took control from the opening bell as she landed a number of fierce shots at the head of the Polish fighter. In the second, Taylor changed tactics and attacked the body and Kopinska looked out of her depth. Taylor ended the fight in the third when she split Kopinska’s nose with a number of head shots, causing the referee to put the Pole out of her misery.
2. Katie Taylor v Kimberley Connor – July 28, 2018
Taylor put her WBA and IBF lightweight titles on the line against American Kimberley Connor at The O2 Arena on July 28, 2018. The Bray boxer was streets ahead of her mother-of-three opponent and she ended it in the third round of a scheduled 10-round bout. Taylor attacked Connor from the off with a range of head and body shots. Connor was no match for Taylor and she probably should have been pulled out a lot earlier.
1. Katie Taylor v Delfine Persoon – June 1, 2019
This was Taylor’s greatest night as a professional. She was putting her IBF, WBA and WBO belts on the line against WBC champion Delfine Persoon with the Ring title also up for grabs. This was her chance to unify the whole lightweight division against a woman who had held her own title for over five years. This was a war with Taylor getting the nod with a majority decision. She was handed the win by cards of 96-94 twice with the third judge calling it a draw at 95-95. That’s how close it was.