Ireland’s WBA world female lightweight champion Katie Taylor has successfully defended her world title for the time, securing victory over USA fighter Jessica McCaskill. Taylor’s maiden title defence took place at York Hall, London where she headlined for the first time as a professional fighter and the first woman to do so on UK television.
Taylor & McCaskill fought a scrappy affair with the American looking to get up close and personal, making life uncomfortable for the Irishwoman. Taylor for the majority of the contest demonstrated her renown boxing ring craft, lots of lateral movement, counters and overall the more schooled and accomplished fighter.
However, Taylor was never given the opportunity to relax, forced to fight full ten rounds at a high tempo. McCaskill was more than willing to get up close and use roughhouse tactics to unsettle Taylor. The tactics were effective when Taylor chose to engage up close over fighting at range, much so lead to Taylor being deducted a point for holding in an attempt to fend off McCaskill’s efforts.
However as soon as Taylor reverted back to her boxing, showed her dominance by luring McCaskill to be countered almost at will in a challenging first defence.
After ten round of boxing, the judge’s scorecards read as follows: 97-92 x2 & 98-91 all in favour of Katie Taylor.