Tuesday 21 November 2017

'And the winner, from Great Ireland, Katie Taylor' - confusion over Taylor's nationality in win over Koleva

Katie Taylor after victory over Milena Koleva during their Manchester Fight Night super featherweight bout. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor after victory over Milena Koleva during their Manchester Fight Night super featherweight bout. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/Sportsfile

Jack O'Toole

Katie Taylor extended her professional boxing record to 4-0 with a unanimous decision win over Milena Koleva in Manchester on Saturday, however, there was some confusion over her nationality when her victory was announced.

Taylor won a very one-sided fight 80-72, but there was some confusion over the announcement of her decision win when the ring announcer proclaimed that Taylor was from Great Ireland, as opposed to Great Britain.

It was the only hitch in an otherwise unblemished night for Taylor, as the Bray native outclassed Koleva to a thoroughly deserved decision win.

After peppering the Bulgarian with a series of combinations throughout the opening rounds, Taylor really hit her stride in Round 6 and 7, dropping Koleva in the seventh with an expertly executed flurry to the head.

Koleva showed tremendous heart to finish off the fight, but she was no match for Taylor who made a serious claim for world title consideration with a dominating performance.

Sky Sports commentator Tony Bellew said after the fight that Taylor was 'the Anthony Joshua of her weight class', and while Taylor will fight on the undercard of Joshua's world title fight with Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley next month, the former Olympic Gold medalist still believes that she's two or three fights away before she can stake her claim for a world championship.

"I definitely needed eight rounds; hopefully my next fight will be over ten rounds," said Taylor in her post-fight interview on Sky Sport.

"She was a very strong opponent. Hopefully I will get two or three more fights and then hopefully challenge for a world title. I definitely feel ready. It was a great fight for me. It's great to be boxing again and it's an honour to be fighting on these big shows."

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