Katie Taylor opens Pro career with
3rd round stoppage in Wembley
by Michael O'Neill
November 27, 2016
(NOV 27) As many of you now
know Ireland’s five-time World Amateur, six-times European and London
2012 Olympic Gold medallist, Katie Taylor made a fine start to
her Pro career with a comprehensive stoppage of Poland’s Karina
Kopinska at the SSE Arena, Wembley on Saturday night.
The referee sensibly intervened after 58 seconds of the 3rd
round to avoid further punishment for the Pole whose 25th
Professional bout that was compared with Taylor’s first. The
bout was scheduled for six rounds but an early stoppage was
predictable from the opening bell when Taylor began as she meant
to carry on by launching some razor sharp combinations.
With Kopinska (27) cut around her nose and forced onto the ropes
as Taylor landed a flurry of head shots, it was no surprise to
see the referee intervene.
Talking to Sky TV, 30-year-old Taylor said : "It's an absolute
privilege to be here, this is obviously a huge night for women's
boxing. This is my pro debut, I don't want to get too carried
“This is only the start. I hope to be a multiple-weight world
champion and the dream is to box in Ireland for a world title. I
have been training so hard, so I have to thank my new coach
(American Ross Enamait) for that, because he has got me into
Promoter Eddie Hearn was delighted with his new charge’s
“This is going to be a great, great journey, and that was the
absolute perfect, perfect performance.
It couldn’t have gone any better. Huge pressure on her
shoulders, not just to get the win, but for the performance.
“Forget women’s boxing, forget men’s boxing, it’s just boxing,
and Katie Taylor can fight, she can entertain.
“We needed a good start, because you’ve got to get hold of these
non-believers, and let them know that Katie Taylor is here to
At Friday’s weigh-in the Bray woman had talked of a possible
world title bout within a year or so: "I think I can definitely
be fast-tracked a bit more than a lot of the men," said Taylor.
"I've got great amateur experience; I've got over 250 fights as
an amateur so I definitely feel like I could be moved fairly
quickly but I'm just going to leave that stuff up to Eddie Hearn
and Matchroom, they're the ones that are organising these fights
and I've just got to do my job and be prepared for whoever steps
in the ring”.
There are much tougher tasks ahead that’s for sure but on
Saturday’s performance Taylor is certainly going to make a name
for herself in the Pros as she did in the Amateurs.
Taylor returns to action on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's
IBF title defence against Eric Molina on December 10, live on
Sky Sports Box Office, and promoter Hearn believes she will be
ready to challenge for a world title within 12 months, which
title fight if it comes to pass is likely to be in Ireland
possibly outdoor at either Croke Park, home of the Gaelic
Athletic Association (GAA) or at the Aviva Stadium, formerly
Lansdowne Road, home of Irish Rugby.
Katie Taylor interviewed by Kugan Cassius of iFLTV (via You
Promoter Eddie Hearn on Taylor’s performance, video also with