She's done it! Katie Taylor has been crowned a professional world champion

Boxer Katie Taylor left and promoter Eddie Hearn

The Irish star out-classed Argentina's Anahi Sanchez during their 10-round fight to win the WBA women's lightweight title on the Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam undercard at Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Her right hand was landing more frequently too which ensured she took the later rounds and her first professional world title.

Taylor landed a flawless left hook to the body that dropped Sanchez with one minute to go in the second round.

RTE have not showing professional boxing on Irish TV sets for close to a decade dating back to former bantamweight world champion Bernard Dunne's era.

But the Bray fighter never looked in danger of suffering stage fright.

"I caught her with a couple of right hands, she kept coming and coming, thankfully I was prepared and ready for that tough ten round battle".

Taylor then had the former champion down after a devastating left hand to the body left the former champion grimacing on the canvas.

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.


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

With a world title to her name she now carries significant collateral in chasing unification bouts or pursuing a mooted clash with UFC start Holly Holm, herself a former world boxing champion at multiple weights.

Multi-talented Taylor is a former Ireland worldwide herself - having represented her country 11 times in football.

"It was a very, very tough fight".

But throughout the contest Taylor had the edge in power and variety.

It may not have been in Ireland where most of her fans would have loved to have seen it. The visitor also came with an unblemished record, 22 wins, but the last two of those were inconsequential blowouts of obscure Thai debutants, not quite the ideal preparation for a step up to this level.

All the air in Sanchez's lungs was knocked clean out of her and she showed phenomenal courage to continue when everyone expected her to bow out.

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

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