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The Elated Irish Sporting Reaction To Katie Taylor's World Title Win

The Elated Irish Sporting Reaction To Katie Taylor's World Title Win

"This is by far the biggest night of my career", Taylor said.

That decision means Taylor is still eligible to claim the title with a victory, but Sanchez has lost her title and will not be able to reclaim it the 12/1 Argentine underdog pulls off an unlikely win.

The WBA lightweight title was on the line, but only for Taylor after Sanchez was stripped for failing to make the weight on Friday. She strutted into the ring with confidence and started quickly, landing several right hands in the opening two-minute round.

Sanchez tipped the scales one pound over the weight and was unable to shed the excess weight within the allocated time.

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.

But two rapid-fire right hands in the fifth summed up all that Taylor was about as she maintained exquisite accuracy, notably with the right hand.

At some point, Buatsi might collide with another British fighter around his weight, Frank Buglioni, who kept his British light-heavyweight title with a convincing points win over the unbeaten Craig "Spider" Richards.

The cut above her eye failed to deter her late on as a five-shot combination found the target in the ninth.

The boxing world has welcomed its new champion with open arms while fans and celebrities have rushed to congratulate Ireland's newest world champions as well.

Taylor will have options, but once again showed how comfortable she is on the big stage as she completed her rapid ascent to the top of the pro game and built on a glorious amateur pedigree.

"We found out she can take a big punch".

But overall, a performance of great credit, well received by the huge crowd.

Sanchez's strategy was likely to make the contest less of a boxing match and more of a gritty brawl, and Taylor wore signs of hard-earned damage as the rounds went on.


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