Queen Underword says Katie Taylor just keeps getting better and better.
The long reigning US champion and ex Pan American gold medal winner said goodbye to amateur boxing against the best around on Saturday night, dropping to a unanimous points decision to Ireland’s Rio 2016 Gold hopeful in a sold out Brandon Hotel,Tralee Kerry.
Taylor fighting in her second Munster hosted bout in consecutive days used the Munster double as warm up for the Olympic qualifiers set for Turkey in April and if Underwood’s post fight assessment is anything to go by not only should the Bray BC puncher qualify she should make another massive impression in Rio this Summer.
Underwood, who will now turn pro seemed content her last amateur clash, a repeat of the 2010 World Elite semi-final, was against a “true champion”.
“Coming to Ireland was an opportunity I could not miss. So I decided to come here and have my last fight (as an amateur) and it turned out to be the best fight,” she told Bernard O’Neill in the Irish Examiner.
“She improves all the time. I told her it’s hard being a champion and being on top for so long. You’ve got to keep the hunger going, you’ve gotta keep the desire.
“You got so many people wanting you to lose. People are saying: ‘We want someone, beat her, beat her.’ That’s how it was for me in the States. I’ve been a champion since 2007 and they’re always looking for someone to take my spot.
“So much of that just got the best of it, and I’m just like, ‘you know what, forget it.’ No support, no one wants me to win, I just might as well focus on myself.”