Taylor ends the year a champion in two weight divisions
Taylor fought three world champions in 2019. She beat them all.
Last March, the IBF and WBO world champion added the WBO title to her resume by stopping game WBO titleholder Rose Volante in round nine at Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Taylor laid the foundation for her stoppage victory in the opening stanza.
Volante came out aggressively, firing hooks, but Taylor, using her world class footwork and hand speed, floored Volante with a short right hand. Volante got up with a surprised look on her face.
Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) tried to end things early in round two. She stayed in the pocket and traded with the Brazilian fighter, peppering her with shots.
The end came in round nine when Taylor tattooed the gutsy Volante with snappy blows.
Taylor’s next fight was undeniably the toughest of her professional career. She challenged long-time WBC world champion, Delfine Persoon. Her jab and combinations couldn’t keep the stronger Persoon at bay. The fight was a see-saw battle - Taylor’s boxing versus Persoon’s physicality.
Taylor was awarded the majority decision by scores of 96-94 (twice) and 95-95.
A rematch with Persoon was penciled in for next summer until, Persoon, of Germany, shocked the boxing community by deciding to represent her home country at the 2020 Olympic Games.
Taylor moved up a weight division and challenged WBO super lightweight champion, Christina Linardatou, last November. Taylor utilized her strengths to win a 10-round unanimous decision over Linardatou in a spirited affair.
“Making history and being a two-way world champion is amazing,” said a teary-eyed Taylor in the ring as her fans roared. “Thank you for supporting me."
Katie Taylor is the 2019 Maxboxing female fighter of the year.