Katie Taylor Wins Pro Debut
Olympic gold medalist Katie Taylor entered her pro debut at Wembley Stadium with much anticipation, and her performance lived up to the Irish boxer’s lofty expectations. Taylor put on a clinic against Karina Kopinska and stopping the Polish fighter in the third round of a six-round bout.
Taylor is one of the most promising potential stars in women’s boxing, as she gathered a large following both in Ireland and internationally during her amateur career. In her last bouts before going pro, Taylor suffered some of her worst defeats: losing in the AIBA World Championships semifinals and then in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Olympics.
Taylor, 30, showed no signs of wariness now that she was in the big leagues. While she fought an outmatched opponent in Kopinska (7-15-13, 2 KOs), Taylor put on the exact performance she needed to in order to start her pro career with promise.
With Taylor, and American two-time gold medalist Claressa Shields, women’s boxing has two potential stars that could elevate the sport to a level it has yet to reach in recent years. Taylor’s popularity in Ireland gives her a uniquely big head start in terms of building her name in the pro circuit.
Given her amateur experience and built-in fanbase, Taylor may look to fight for a world title sooner rather than later.