Katie Taylor – “I thought it was a mediocre performance”

Katie Taylor [2(1)-0] scored a dominant points win last night in Manchester – but the Bray star was not entirely happy with her performance.

The Wicklow super featherweight outpointed (60:53) the game and gutsy Viviane Obenauf over six rounds at the Manchester Arena on the Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina pay-per-view undercard, but felt the performance fell short of her debut stoppage of Karina Kopinska.

Taylor was somewhat disappointed with her performance however, and told IFL TV afterwards that “I thought I was a bit flat. I thought it was a mediocre performance, but a win’s a win. I got six good rounds out of it. I suppose I just have to take the positives from it, but I felt a bit tired in there tonight. It was a quick turnover from the last fight as well. I felt a lot better in the last fight, but obviously this girl was obviously a better quality girl. She had a good winning record and was a lot more game. ”

Nevertheless, the 30 year old still enjoyed her night’s work on the big Matchroom card, and described how “I would have liked to put on a better performance, but at the same time it was great to be boxing on such a big card and what a privilege, to be boxing in front of 21,000 people. To be doing something that I absolutely love on this platform, it was a privilege. It’s great to finish the year with two good wins, and we’ll take the positives.”

Taylor did not want to be too negative, and reasoned that “you get days like that and you just push through, the main thing is that I won the fight and I’m still unbeaten and I’m still on the right road. I ended the year on a high, two good wins and these last few weeks have been some of the most exciting of my whole career. It’s incredible to end the year like that , and next year is going to be a huge win for me.

Watch Katie Taylor’s interview with IFL TV in full below:

Joe O'Neill

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