Katie Taylor: Irish boxer wins WBA lightweight title in points victory over Anahi Sanchez
Katie Taylor: Irish boxer wins WBA lightweight title in points victory over Anahi Sanchez The Bray-born boxer came through a testing fight with the tough Argentine but she was always in control. London 2012 Olympic gold medallist Taylor turned pro in 2016 after a disappointing Rio Games. And she has cruised to a world title in just her seventh professional fight. It may not have been in Ireland where most of her fans would have loved to have seen it. But it was a pretty spectacular venue with 50,000 fans already in the Principality Stadium as they waited for Anthony Joshua’s clash with Carlos Takam. Taylor was the only won who could win the belt after Sanchez surrendered the title on the scales yesterday. With Irish movie star Colin Farrell among the crowd, Taylor got off to a blistering start. She floored her opponent in the second round with a beautiful left hand to the body. Sanchez beat the count and somehow survived an onslaught from the challenger. The Argentine then came storming back in the third to land some big rights as the pair exchanged blows. Taylor looked rattled for the first time in her professional career but she kept firing back. A big left hook in the fourth rocked Sanchez but she kept coming forward. Taylor looked like she might be starting to tire in the fifth which was a concern as she had never gone 10 rounds before. But she showed she had enough gas in the tank and started to box more efficiently on the outside. Her right hand was landing more frequently too which ensured she took the later rounds and her first professional world title. Taylor has now won five world amateur titles, six European golds, Olympic gold and now the WBA lightweight title. A pretty spectacular collection as she proved she is still the leading lady in boxing.