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‘I will fight them all’ – Katie Taylor ready for ‘huge fights’

Katie Taylor [17(6)-0] has assured all the names looking to fight her they will get their chance, but warns they will be beaten.

Having dealt with her WBA mandatory, Miriam Gutierrez, in style on Saturday night, the star name paved the way for a massive 2021.

Taylor, manager Brian Peters and promoter Eddie Hearn will draw a new mega fight wish list and there are plenty of options.

A fight with seven weight world champion Amanda Serrano can be revisited, MMA star Cris Cyborg has been mentioned on numerous occasions, the winner of Jessica McCaskill and Cecilia Braekhus’ undisputed welterweight world title fight is an easy one to make, while Chantelle Cameron and former Olympic foe Natasha Jonas is also an option.

The order in which the challenges come doesn’t bother the undisputed lightweight champion, Taylor just wants the big fights to come regular and often.

She assures who ever wants it can get it.

“Cris Cyborg is a name that’s been talked about a lot, Amanda Serrano if she is willing to step into the ring, the winner of McCaskill and Braekhus is a huge fight as well. There is no shortage of fights out there for me, all huge fights,” she told IFL TV.

“I am ready and willing to step in the ring with anyone of those girls. There is Chantelle Cameron and Natasha Jonas too. I will get around to all them eventually. I can’t fight everyone at the same time. I will fight them all and please God I’ll beat the all.”

Taylor also dismissed suggestions she was approaching the end of a decorated and distinguished four fight career.

“I don’t want to put limits on what I can do. I’m definitely not slowing down on what I can do. I have plenty of years left in me. I’ll know when the right time is for me to step out of the ring but right now I am as strong as ever.”

Reflecting on her 100-89, 100-90 and 99-91 win, Taylor credited her opponent for withstanding 10 rounds of punishment.

“I thought it was a great overall performance,” Taylor told Matchroom afterwards. “I boxed well at long distance and close. I did a bit of everything in there tonight. I threw everything but the kitchen sink at her. I just couldn’t get her out of there. She’s tough as nails so credit to her. She hung in and she was there to fight until the very end. She’s obviously big and strong and that showed tonight.

“I thought I was going to get her out of there at one stage. She hung in there and she kept swinging shots. She was actually very dangerous when she was swinging shots. I had to be a bit more cautious later on in the fight. Overall it was a great performance.”

“Obviously I would have loved to get a stoppage in there tonight. I haven’t got a stoppage in a long time. It is hard to hurt these girls, they’re very strong and durable. I did everything that I could to get the stoppage but she hung in and I have to be happy with a points win. I’m going home with all of the belts and I’m still the undisputed champion. I’m still unbeaten and this is a great end to the year.

Speaking with regard to the fact she topped a card played host to two other female world title fights Taylor added: “This was absolutely huge. I think every girl on the card tonight boxed brilliantly. Three fantastic fights. It’s just an amazing showcase. As I’ve said before, Eddie has given us this platform. Women’s boxing is on fire right now because of the platform he has given us. What an amazing few years of women’s boxing. That’s what it’s all about for myself, inspiring the next generation. Hopefully there was a few young girls watching through Facebook on the livestream. It’s all about inspiring the next generation and what an amazing platform to do it on.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com