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05th Mar 2017

Katie Taylor wins her third fight in a row as a professional boxer

Darragh Murphy

Katie Taylor has won her third fight in a row as a professional after putting an end to her super-featherweight meeting with Monica Gentili in the fifth round in London last night.

The 30-year-old Bray woman stormed past her Italian opponent just moments before the heavyweight grudge match between David Haye and Tony Bellew.

Taylor, a London 2012 gold medallist, abandoned the amateur scene and has taken to the professional arena like a duck to water. Katie made her professional debut last November, when she beat Poland’s Karina Kopinska in three rounds, but judges were required in her second outing as a pro when she claimed a points victory over Viviane Obenauf in Manchester.

Last night, third time proved just as charming as her opening pair of fights, with Katie putting on one of the performances of her career in the O2 Arena.

Taylor came out displaying typical composure and didn’t hesitate to set the pace as she set about her opponent by digging thudding hooks to Gentili’s body in the opening frame.

The second round saw Taylor continue to circle on the outside and pepper away with a mix of shots to the midsection and head.

There was a marked boost in aggression from Taylor in the third round and, while Gentili deserves all the credit in the world for plodding forward, Katie was a class above throughout.

The finish arrived in the penultimate round as Katie uncorked a furious combination that clearly rocked her opponent. There was no coming back for Gentili.

We don’t have long to wait to see the Bray native in action again as she is set to fight on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s clash with Jorge Linares in Manchester in three weeks’ time.


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