Katie Taylor takes a clear and unanimous decision over Karen Elizabeth Carabajal to defend the undisputed lightweight championship | boxing news

Katie Taylor edged out challenger Karen Elizabeth Carabajal to defend the undisputed lightweight championship at Wembley Arena in London on Saturday night.

Irish star Taylor was a clear unanimous winner, securing the 98-92 decision for judge Bence Kovacs, 99-91 for Karoline Puetz and a 100-91 shutout on Victor Loughlin’s card.

Carabajal had been undefeated in 19 fights before meeting Taylor. But she had never boxed before outside of Argentina and had never fought anyone at champion level. She was eventually upgraded.

Katie Taylor greets supporters at Wembley Arena

Taylor, who turned pro at this same venue in 2016, showed superior hand speed, footwork and accuracy, and pushed her advantage in the second half of the fight.

Carbajal felt the full weight of Taylor’s punches in round five as the Irishman’s timing improved and a left-right combination made the South American wince.

Taylor showed his full range of skills in the seventh round and underscored his superiority with three more unanswered punches. In the eighth, Carbajal was thrown off balance by two quick left hooks.

Carbajal came off swinging in the penultimate ninth round and was cut on the right side of his face from an accidental clash of heads.

Taylor won the fight heading into the final round, but in typical fashion she chased a grandstand finish as two looping right hands rocked her opponent.

“She’s obviously a tough, tough fighter. She had everything to gain here tonight but I think I boxed very smartly. She was goofy at times. But I’m just thrilled to get the win,” Taylor said per the following.

“Twenty-two fights, 22 wins. Still undefeated, still undisputed, that’s what it’s all about.”

It was Taylor’s seventh consecutive defense of the unified IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO 135lb titles and her first fight since her pivotal victory over arch-rival Amanda Serrano in New York’s Madison Square Garden in April.

A rematch with Serrano would be attractive, but Taylor’s main goal is to secure a fight at the stadium next.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s Amanda Serrano or not, we want the fight at Croke Park. 80,000 people. Every person here is going to be in it,” she said.

“It would be the biggest event in women’s boxing history.”

Watch Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Jamaine Ortiz, live on Sky Sports Arena at 1am Sunday morning.

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