Katie Taylor overtakes Claressa Shields to return to the top of ESPN’s P4P list

Katie Taylor has leap-frogged Claressa Shields and returned back to the top of ESPN’s Pound for Pound rankings.

The Irish sensation slipped down the pecking order the last time the rankings were published, coming in second to the American.

The two-time Olympic gold medal winner stole ahead after managing to become a two-division undisputed champion after dominating Marie-Eve Dicaire on March 6.

Taylor has since been involved in another classic against Nathasa Jonas – and the fighter, who puts her four lightweight world titles on the line against Jennifer Han on September 4, has returned back to the top as a result.

Former Taylor foes Jessica McCaskill and Delfine Persoon have secured top10 spots coming in at #4 and #6 respectively. There are also potential foes on the list in Amanda Serrano #3, Mikaela Mayer #5, Teri Harper #8, and even the previously mentioned McCaskill.

Taylor is also top of the Ring Magazine’s pound for pound list.

ESPN’s Top 10 reads as below:

1. KATIE TAYLOR     Previous ranking: No. 2

RECORD: 18-0, 6 KOs
DIVISION: Lightweight (undisputed champion)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Natasha Jonas, May 1

2. CLARESSA SHIELDS     Previous ranking: No. 1

RECORD: 11-0, 2 KOs
DIVISION: Junior middleweight and middleweight undisputed champion
LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Marie Eve Dicaire, March 5

3. AMANDA SERRANO     Previous ranking: No. 4

RECORD: 40-1-1, 30 KOs
DIVISION: Featherweight (titlist)
LAST FIGHT: W (KO9) Daniela Bermudez, March 25

4. JESSICA MCCASKILL     Previous ranking: No. 3

RECORD: 10-2, 3 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight undisputed champion
LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Cecilia Braekhus, March 13

5. MIKAELA MAYER     Previous ranking: No. 6

RECORD: 15-0, 5 KOs
DIVISION: Junior lightweight (titlist)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Erica Farias, June 19
NEXT FIGHT: Date TBD vs. Maiva Hamadouche

6. DELFINE PERSOON     Previous ranking: No. 5

RECORD: 44-3, 18 KOs
DIVISION: Lightweight
LAST FIGHT: L (UD10) Katie Taylor, Aug. 22

7. CHRISTINA HAMMER     Previous ranking: No. 6

RECORD: 26-1, 12 KOs
DIVISION: Middleweight
LAST FIGHT: W (KO7) Sanna Turunen, Dec. 20

8. CECILIA BRAEKHUS     Previous ranking: No. 8

RECORD: 36-2, 9 KOs
DIVISION: Welterweight
LAST FIGHT: L (UD10) Jessica McCaskill, March 13

T-8. TERRI HARPER     Previous ranking: 10

RECORD: 11-0-1, 6 KOs
DIVISION: Junior lightweight (titlist)
LAST FIGHT: W (TKO9) Katharina Thanderz, Nov. 14

10. SENIESA ESTRADA     Previous ranking: No. N/R

RECORD: 21-0, 8 KOs
DIVISION: Strawweight, junior flyweight (titlist)
LAST FIGHT: W (UD10) Tenkai Tsunami, July 9


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