Katie Taylor stops Rose Volante to unify WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight titles | Sport
Katie Taylor is one step clear of her long-held function of unifying the fractured lightweight championship after preventing Brazil’s Rose Volante within the 9th spherical on Friday night time in Philadelphia.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist, who entered with the WBA and IBF titles at 135lbs, added Volante’s WBO strap to her rising haul and instantly focused Belgium’s Delfine Persoon, the previous kickboxer who holds the WBC belt.
Taylor (13-Zero, 6 KOs) baffled her opponent with blinding combos and fluid in-and-out motion, losing Volante within the opening spherical and by no means having a look again on the Liacouras Center at the campus of Temple University.
The fashionable Irish champion just about ended it within the 5th, hurting Volante badly with a punishing left hook ahead of pouring at the punishment just for her opponent to be stored through the bell.
Volante (14-1, eight KOs) confirmed nice center however proved no fit for Taylor’s pinpoint combos, which broke her down over the second one part of the combat.
It ended within the 9th when what gave the impression to be an unintentional conflict of heads opened a big gash at the bridge of Volante’s nostril, prompting referee Benjy Esteves to wave off the motion.
“I thought it was a great performance,” stated Taylor, who landed 142 of 276 energy pictures (51%) when compared to 78 of 308 for Volante (25%). “Rose Volante is a very tough opponent. I knew she was going to come here to fight. I think she got the best out of me here tonight. Tonight we’ve definitely seen a great showcase for women’s boxing.”
She added: “[Volante] definitely had a bit of pop at the end of her punch, but I have a great chin and I can stand there and trade punches with anyone. I also have the power to hurt those girls.”
Afterward Taylor instantly became her consideration to the overall piece of the undisputed name.
“Now we can start talking about that fight, Persoon,” stated Taylor, “That name’s been coming up over the last two years. I’ve got the three belts, she’s got the WBC belt, so we have to get that fight on next.”