Katie Taylor happy after “very good performance”

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Katie Taylor [1(1)-0] promises that their are bigger and better performances to come following her impressive debut victory at the weekend.

The Bray super featherweight stopped Karina Kopinska inside three rounds at the Wembley Arena in London, live on Sky Sports 2.

It was a destructive display for the Wicklow woman, who impressed in the high-profile, high-pressure bout.

The transition from amateur to pro did not trouble Taylor, who has been training under Ross Enamait in Connecticut, and she explained that “the two minute rounds actually flew by for me. I definitely think I can do six rounds at a very high pace. I was doing eight and ten rounds in the States. Three-minute rounds with 30 seconds rest sometimes.”

“I had to be more aggressive over the last couple months with Ross. I have been boxing a lot better than I have done for a long time and I think it showed in there.”

“I have been training so hard, so I have to thank my coach for that, because he has got me into fantastic shape.”

Despite the pressure and expectation, Taylor enjoyed her night’s work, and described how “it was a privilege to be here on a huge night for women’s boxing, the support has been fantastic.”

“I tried to soak in the atmosphere as I was walking towards the ring. Brian [Peters] was telling me to take my time. I enjoyed the challenge. People’s perception of boxing will change over these next few fights. It’s all about breaking down these boundaries. This is only the start of it.”

“I was hoping for a first round knock-out to be honest, but that girl has only been stopped once before so it was a very good performance, but she wasn’t really up to much.”

The 30 year old, who boxes on the Joshua v Molina pay-per-view undercard at the Manchester Arena on December 10th, is already looking ahead to her next challenge and outlined how “I don’t want to get too carried away, it was only my first fight as a pro, but I plan to do big things in this sport. I hope to be multiple-weight world champion.”

“This was my pro debut and the tests are only going to get tougher from here.”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie