People Are Delighted With Magnificent Katie Taylor World Title Win
Oct 29 2017
The legendary Katie Taylor has won her first first world professional title after defeating Argentina's Anahi Esther Sanchez in Cardiff this evening.
Unsurprisingly the reaction on Twitter to Taylor claiming her first title after seven bouts was one of joy and elation.
Sanchez beat the count and somehow survived an onslaught from the challenger.
The action started at just after 5pm with a minimum of six fights on the undercard and two floats.
But Sanchez showed she was up for the challenge and came forward, though she was repeatedly caught by the speed of Taylor's punches.
The referee cautioned the fighters about the use of their heads early in the seventh round as Sanchez appeared to get a second wind, though she was caught by two stringing back to back right jabs to her opponent's face but she scarcely flinched.
While Sanchez attempted to make weight a second time on Friday she could not shift enough to defend her belt, meaning the WBA lightweight strap was only on the line for former Olympic champion Taylor.
"This is the start of the takeover for me", said Taylor afterwards, adding that she intends to unify all the major titles in the lightweight division.
"To win a world championship as a pro would be extremely important in terms of her targets so this is a crunch fight for Katie Taylor".
Both landed clean punches in the fourth but Taylor asserted some authority in the fifth when she landed a few clean punches to the head.
But Sanchez remained unsafe through to the tenth and final round, when she was buzzed by a left hook to the temple at close range. That meant only Taylor could win the title at Principality Stadium.
Taylor now looks to return home as world champion with Matchroom and Eddie Hearn aiming for a summer fight night in Dublin. "I am getting more used to it now".
Taylor will have options, but once again showed how comfortable she is on the big stage as she completed her rapid ascent to the top of the pro game and built on a glorious amateur pedigree.