Monday 20 August 2018

'Absolutely clueless' - Katie Taylor hits back at BBC pundits who questioned her boxing brain

Katie Taylor celebrates with her belt after defeating Jessica McCaskill in her WBA lightweight world championship title defence. Photo: Tim Goode/PA
Katie Taylor celebrates with her belt after defeating Jessica McCaskill in her WBA lightweight world championship title defence. Photo: Tim Goode/PA

Katie Taylor has strongly hit back at BBC pundits who suggested she showed "a lack of a boxing brain" during her recent victory over American Jessica McCaskill.

Taylor secured a unanimous points victory in York Hall to retain her WBA title but afterwards BBC boxing commentator Mike Costello and renowned journalist Steve Bunce declared she has plenty of room for improvement despite her 100% start to life as professional.

Bray woman Taylor responded on Twitter today, saying: "No they don't (have a point). I would've thought that people making those comments would have some knowledge.

"The reason I won the fight well is cos I used my boxing brain and outsmarted my opponent. If people who particularly are involved in boxing can't see that, they are absolutely clueless."

Speaking on the BBC 5 Live Boxing Podcast, the Costello and Bunce voiced a number of criticisms of Taylor following last week's win.

"A scrappy performance and what I thought it demonstrated and showed us is just how leaky Katie Taylor's defence is," Costello said.

"I noticed parts of it before but it was really very seriously leaky this time."

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"There were times in the fight when she was launching single shots, single jabs, single right hands," he continued.

"She could not miss. It was so easy, and I use that word, it was so easy. It was embarrassingly one-sided but that wasn't enough for her, she wanted to get involved. I thought it actually showed a lack of a boxing brain."

Bunce added that he thinks Katie Taylor needs to change here style in the professional game, and said that he has had words with people in the Bray boxer's camp over his comments in the past.

"I was a little bit surprised by how often she was hit by a six-bout novice," Bunce said.

"Six of those contests that McCaskill had, three of them were making their debut. She didn't fight a seasoned woman who's coming from loads of World Championships and Olympic qualifiers and Olympics and trials. I was a little bit surprised."

"Taylor now eight fights in, she's an Olympic champion, all those World Championships and European titles," he added.

"I was really surprised and I'm just wondering if maybe she has to revert back a little bit to the pick and hit Katie Taylor that was so brilliant. I've had a few run-ins with Katie's people over me saying that she needs to slow down and do what she does best and stop thinking she's Mike Tyson."

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