Wednesday 22 November 2017

'I feel like one of the old-time boxers' - Katie Taylor happy to keep busy in the ring as she targets title shot

Irish boxer Katie Taylor (L) celebrates beating Italian boxer Monica Gentili (C) after their super featherweight boxing match at the O2 Arena in London on March 4, 2017.
Taylor won with a fifth-round stoppage of Gentili. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Irish boxer Katie Taylor (L) celebrates beating Italian boxer Monica Gentili (C) after their super featherweight boxing match at the O2 Arena in London on March 4, 2017. Taylor won with a fifth-round stoppage of Gentili. / AFP PHOTO / Justin TALLIS (Photo credit should read JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Sean McGoldrick

In the wake of her latest eye-catching performance, Katie Taylor has likened herself to the old-time professional boxers who loved to be in the ring virtually every second week.

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist extended her professional record to 4-0 when she outclassed experienced Bulgarian super featherweight Melina Koleva in the Manchester Arena. She won all eight rounds to chalk up a decisive 80-72 points’ victory.

Koleva – who had fought for a world title in January and had only been stopped once in her career – survived a seventh round knockdown, but there wasn’t the slightest doubt about the outcome as Taylor again underlined her class.

“I definitely felt in great shape going into the fight. I was getting great sparring over in the states doing eight, three minute rounds with 30 seconds break,” said Taylor who was initially disappointed that she didn’t achieve a third stoppage win in her fledging pro career.

“Obviously I would have loved to get the stoppage but speaking to Ross (Enamait, her coach-trainer) and Brian (Peters, her Irish manager) I was delighted to get the eight rounds. They will do me the world of good.”

Taylor remains on target to challenge for a world title in Dublin in the autumn, but next up is her appearance at the sell-out 90,000 outdoor show at Wembley Stadium on the undercard of the World heavyweight showdown between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday, April 29.

“Boxing the eight rounds felt fine. It’s great that I’m staying busy. I love the fact that I’m busy. I feel like one of the old-time boxers, boxing nearly every week,” she joked.

Her Connecticut-based trainer Ross Enamait was satisfied with Katie’s performance.

“She got eight rounds in and a legitimate knockdown. She hurt her pretty good, so it was a solid win.

“She started out and just kind of saw what was in front of her which is kind of what we set out to do. We didn’t want her to go out and let it all go in the first round and run out of gas.

“I thought the pace was good, she picked it up when she needed too,” he said.

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