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Taylor wins first pro strap

By Michael O’Neill

Katie Taylor duly won her 5th Professional bout and her first Pro strap, the WBA Inter-Continental belt, with a comprehensive defeat of gutsy German Nina Meinke at the iconic Wembley Stadium home of English football, on Saturday night.

The fight was on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua/Wladimir Klitschko IBF World heavyweight title decider, won in sensational style by Joshua, who like the Bray woman struck Gold also in London at the 2012 Olympics.

Taylor was on top from the outset so it was no great surprise when the referee halted the contest during the seventh of the scheduled ten rounder to save Meinke from further punishment, following an accidental clash of heads.

The Irish woman had dominated the bout since the opening bell against Meinke, from Spandau near Berlin, who reached the quarter-final stage of the 2014 AIBA World Championships in Jeju, South Korea where incidentally Taylor struck Gold in the 60kg Lightweight event.

The fight doubled as an eliminator for the WBA world lightweight title held by Uruguayan Cecilia Comunales whom ‘Team Taylor’ and Matchroom will now try and entice across the Atlantic and defend her world crown in Dublin later this year.

Taylor’s Manager Brian Peters and Promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom are also  keen for the Bray fighter to have one or possibly two fights in the United States this Summer, with Chicago and New York both suggested as cities keen to welcome Taylor to showcase her talents in their city.

Of Saturday’s contest, the 2012 Olympic Gold medallist proclaimed: “It’s incredible to be fighting in the biggest show in British boxing history,” said Taylor later. “I thought the pace of the fight was good. I haven’t felt as nervous since the Olympics.”

She felt she could do better but then as she agreed herself : ‘I’m always a bit critical and I thought it was a bit scrappy at times”

“I was expecting a tough fight, but I’m absolutely delighted. These are the moments I dream of.

‘This weight is perfect for me, I feel very strong and good at this weight.

‘I think I’m ready right now to box for a world title, but we leave that to the likes of Eddie (Hearn) and I’ll just keep focusing on my job. The best is yet to come – I didn’t perform to my best tonight but the most important thing is I won.’

You can follow the fortunes of Katie Taylor and of all Irish boxers here on sportswomen.ie throughout the months ahead.

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