Sunday 28 May 2017

'I was hoping for a first round knock-out' - Katie Taylor wants even more

Katie Taylor, left, exchanges punches with Karina Kopinska during their Super-Featherweight fight at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor, left, exchanges punches with Karina Kopinska during their Super-Featherweight fight at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor celebrates after her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor celebrates after her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena in London, England.
Katie Taylor during her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor, left, exchanges punches with Karina Kopinska during their Super-Featherweight fight at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor is declared the winner of her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.
Katie Taylor, right, exchanges punches with Karina Kopinska during their Super-Featherweight fight at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor exchanges punches with Karina Kopinska during their Super-Featherweight fight at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Katie Taylor admitted she felt under huge pressure as she entered the ring for the first time as a professional at Wembley Arena on Saturday night.

But she shook off all her nerves as the first bell sounded and turned in scintillating performance.

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

Ever the perfectionist, the golden girl of Irish boxing admitted she had some disappointment as she held a joyous press conference with the assembled Irish media half an hour after the win.

Katie Taylor is interviewed by Sky TV following her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor is interviewed by Sky TV following her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor is declared the winner of her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile.
Katie Taylor celebrates with Promoter Eddie Hearn following her Super-Featherweight fight with Karina Kopinska at Wembley Arena in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

She was already looking forward to her next date on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence in Manchester on December 10th.

“I was hoping for a first round knock-out to be honest, but that girl has only been stopped once before so it was a very good performance, but she wasn’t really up to much,” Taylor said.

“I was expecting a tough six round battle and I was ready for that, but it was a privilege to be in there and I can’t wait for the next fight now.

“There was an awful lot of pressure on me. I had that in my mind. I had to be more aggressive over the last couple months with Ross. I have been boxing a lot better than I have done for a long time and I think it showed in there.

“Hopefully this is the start. The dream would be boxing for the world title in Dublin, that would be the dream.”

UFC champion Conor McGregor led the chorus of praise of Taylor’s polished professional debut, as the Bray hero was trending on Twitter for most of Saturday night:







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