Anyone who saw Katie Taylor light up London again last night couldn’t but agree the Irish sensation is World title ready after just three fights.
The Bray fighter returned to the city that played host her Olympic success and her pro debut, and again impressed with a destructive dismantling of Italian hardwoman Monica Gentili.
So impressive was Taylor that most experts were predicting she is World title-ready and the fighter herself agrees.
One of the greatest ever amateurs feels ready, but knows there is a process she has to follow.
“I think I am ready straight away. Obviously I need to get some 10 round fights in and step up the level of opponent. I feel I am ready now, but I will leave that up to Eddie [Hearn, promoter] and the team I just have to keep doing my job in the ring,” Taylor said after the fight.
Gentili was a late replacement and was expected to be beaten, but proved tough and durable.
She marched forward and took some punishment especially to the body from the first round. The Italian brought a rugged pro style to the ring, but Taylor argues it was nothing new for her.
“I felt good. Maybe I smothered my work for the first few rounds, but the body work paid off and it was good to get her out of there,” Taylor added.
“I love fighting that style of fighter. I am used to all types and styles from the amateurs so it was nothing different. It was great to fight on such and incredible card. I said before hand I had a longer camp this time around and I felt I could have gone 10, I am feeling fitter and sharper.”