31-year-old Katie Taylor, hailing from Bray in Ireland, managed to overcome the toughest test of her professional boxing career so far in her last outing against American Jessica McCaskill. Taylor’s WBA world lightweight belt and her undefeated record was on the line at London’s York Hall, where she managed to come out on top after an impressive display saw her win with an impressive unanimous points decision. So what’s next for the Matchroom Boxing superstar?
The Bray Bomber has already spoken about her intentions to try and unify the division and she’s also expressed a real desire to have a home fight in Dublin too. There’s no denying that Taylor is a great fighter, as proven by her 8 wins from 8 bouts record, but she would certainly be coming up against some very tricky opponents if she is to press ahead with her plants to become the undisputed women’s lightweight champion.
All three of the other current belt holders have had far more professional bouts than Taylor, with Belgium’s Delfine Pearson and Argentina’s Victoria Bustos and Yohana Alfonzo likely to ask serious questions of her. It’s certainly a road that Taylor could head down though as she looks to make history in women’s boxing. As things stand, this is the most probably outcome, with promotor Eddie Hearn insisting that talks with the current women’s lightweight IBF holder, Victoria Bustos, are well underway.
If Taylor comes through that bout unscathed, the fighter will end up with both the WBA and IBF belts. According to betting site operator Unibet, this will provide the impetus for Katie to secure the last two remaining titles, which would likely prove to be the toughest fights of them all. The issue has always been money according to her promotor Eddie Hearn, who has often claimed that Matchroom have had to overpay opponents to fight the Bray born lightweight.
Another option, which has been strongly supported by her father, would be to retire from the sport, although this is highly unlikely. He feels that after triumphing at the Olympic games, winning gold, and then going on to become the WBA world lightweight champion that she has already achieved plenty and questioned whether there was more for her to actually go on to achieve in the sport. Plenty disagree with him though and it seems Katie herself will ignore her father and former trainer’s wishes.
One thing is for certain, Taylor still believes she has plenty to offer and she’s always been determined to increase the profile of women’s boxing where possible. With 8 wins from 8 bouts, 4 by the way of knockout, she has certainly proven she’s got what it takes to compete with the best. Unifying the divisions will be a huge ask but Taylor looks set to go down this road, with Victoria Bustos likely to be her next opponent. Winning that fight would put her in an extremely strong position and she will likely not rest until she holds all four belts.