'She's just shown that she's a different class to every other boxer' - Nelson and Bellew marvel over Taylor
Sky Sports commentators Tony Bellew and Johnny Nelson were effusive in their praise of Katie Taylor following the newly crowned lightweight champion's dominant win over Anahi Sanchez on Saturday.
Taylor's unanimous decision win over Sanchez in Cardiff secured the 31-year-old the WBA female lightweight title, the sixth title of her career,following five world championships in the amateurs.
WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew and former WBO cruiserweight champion Johnny Nelson were highly impressed with Taylor with Bellew claiming that the Wicklow woman was a different class to every other boxer out there.
"We found out some new things about Katie Taylor tonight," said Bellew in his post-fight analysis on Sky Sports.
"We found out she can take a big punch. We found out she can go the distance comfortably. Like Brian Peters (Taylor's manager) said, he made some very valid points, she's only been a professional 11 months. The champion was a professional for four years.
"That's a big, big difference, it really is. I like what I seen from Katie Taylor tonight. The combination of punches was on point as usual. She was very accurate, the knockdown was perfect, I would have liked to have seen her go to the body a little bit more with that left hook once she landed it, but ultimately, she's facing a world champion tonight.
"She's just shown that she's a different class and a different level to every other boxer out there. She's the number one female boxer on the planet and I can't wait to see her progress from here."
Nelson added that Taylor had raised the bar for women's boxing with her performance and that he feels that the Olympic gold medalist will not be content until she has unified the lightweight division.
"I thought this was pure quality," said Nelson.
"Usually when I watch women's boxing I think 'yeah it's not bad', but this is quality. She has raised the bar for women's boixng. Class!
"Even when she got the knockdown, you look at her face. Remember, it's her seventh professional fight, she's on the verge of winning a world title, the opponent goes down and you'd think she'd have some joy in her face but there was glint in her eye like a shark as if to say 'come on, I want to carry on fighting'.
"I loved her attitude. This girl can fight for fun and she is not complacent, she is not happy, she is not comfortable with just having one world title. I can see her comfortably, still staying hungry, trying to go after all the world titles and trying to unify the division."