A tenacious Katie Taylor defended her WBA and IBF world lightweight titles in style on the sold out Whyte-Parker card in London tonight.
The London 2012 Olympic gold medalist proved too good for American Kimberly Connor and got the stubborn challenger out of there in round three.
It was clinical, class, aggressive, and once again entertaining for the unified hopeful as the 32-year-old registered her first stoppage in four fights.
The two belt world champ started well on the Sky Box Office-broadcast show. She showed power, timing, skill and a wide punch vocabulary as she stomped her authority on the fight.
A welt developed under the eye of Taylor in the second and her approach was temporarily a little more cautious, but she upped the gears in the third.
And she does! Taylor hurt Connor to the body. Connor’s hands dropped, and Taylor landed a flurry of head-shots.
Connor is stopped on her feet.
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As the third came to a close, Taylor hurt the American with a body shot and another well timed hook. Two-time title challenger and IBF mandatory challenger Connor initially looked like she might make the bell but Taylor landed clean with a right hand left hook combo to wobble the legs of her foe and eventually force referee Steve Gray to jump in with seven seconds remaining.
Taylor will now face Cindy Serrano in another title defense on October 6th in Chicago before targeting a shot at the WBO or WBC titles in December.
The win see’s Taylor move successfully into double figures with 10 wins and five stoppages from 10 fights while Connor slips to 13-4-2.
Earlier in the evening Craig O’Brien was stopped by Anthony Fowler in the sixth round.