Katie Taylor, in her 22nd professional fight, was named unanimous winner on points against Argentinian Karen Carabajal, at Wembley Arena on the 29th of October.
The lightweight Olympic gold medallist put her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, and Ring Magazine lightweight titles on the line against an opponent that was undefeated, but still an underdog regardless.
The ultimate aim of this fight was to stay match fit ahead of the planned 2023 fight in Croke Park against professional boxer, wrestler and mixed martial artist, Amanda Serrano. This bout is rumoured to be the fight where Taylor hangs up the gloves.
Taylor looked far superior at the start of the fight, and though Carabajal was missing from the off, the Argentine still connected with some strong jabs.
The Bray Bomber began to connect, with big shots in the second round, and the Argentinian could do little to answer the questions asked of her.
Carbajal’s eyes began to swell, and with that in mind, Taylor recognised that her opponent had begun to protect her face, so she began to throw some hard combos to her opponent’s body.
In the third, Taylor started by pinning Carabajal in the corner and struck her twice with a left lead. The first signs of fatigue in the underdog showed in the final minute of the round.
Towards the championship rounds of the fight, Taylor could have gone for the knockout and ended the fight, but the risk of going for it was simply not worth it due to what lies on the horizon.
Namely, much bigger and better things. Croke Park is the end goal as she marches on, still champion, draped in the tri-colour, ready to follow in the footsteps of other fabled gladiators.