Thursday 22 March 2018

WATCH - Katie Taylor was far from happy with her performance last night despite facile victory

Katie Taylor (L) in action against Viviane Obenauf. Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge
Katie Taylor (L) in action against Viviane Obenauf. Action Images via Reuters / Andrew Couldridge

Mark Staniforth

Katie Taylor cruised to her second straight professional win on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's IBF heavyweight title fight against Eric Molina in Manchester but was frustrated with her own display.

Ireland's 2012 Olympic champion had too much for Brazilian-born opponent Viviane Obenauf, dominating proceedings and earning a shut-out 60-53 verdict.

If Obenauf, who came to the ring with a 9-1 record, was a step up on her debut opponent, it was soon abundantly obviously she possessed neither the speed nor power to trouble the favourite.

A crunching left hook in the opening round left Obenauf in no doubt about the size of her task, and she slipped to the canvas in the second in what was rather harshly ruled a knockdown by the referee.

Taylor was in full control in the third, landing shots with either hand, and while Obenauf continued to look to press forward gallantly, she was continually picked off by the impressive Taylor.

Obenauf seemed to gave a minor surge in confidence in the fifth, in which she gave as good as she got until she sustained a bad cut in the corner of her left eye from an apparent head clash, which troubled her for the remainder of the contest.

"I was a bit flat today, a very mediocre performance, but a win's a win and I got six good rounds of it so, I suppose I just have to take the positives from it," Taylor told iFL TV.

"I felt a bit tired in there tonight, but it was a quick turn over from the last fight as well.

"I would have liked to have put on a better performance but at the same time it's great to be boxing on such a big card, and what a privilege to be boxing in front of 21,000 people out there. To be doing something that I absolutely love on this platform, it's an absolute privilege.

"The main thing is that I won the fight; I'm still unbeaten and I'm on the right road.

"These are the things I dreamed of when I was a 10 or 11-year-old, when I was starting boxing - to be boxing on this stage. it's a huge honour to be boxing on these cards. I'm just a bit disappointed with my own performance tonight, but at the same time, I ended the year on a high.

"These last two weeks have been some of the most exciting of my whole career, so it's incredible to end the year like this. Next year is going to be a huge year for me."

Her focus now switches to her next fight scheduled for  Madison Square Garden on March 18.

"I hope [the chance is] still there, but obviously I'd like to get out before then as well. I'll sit down with Brian [Peters] and Eddie [Hearne] and see what the plan is, but I'm happy to step back in the ring whenever."

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