Katie Taylor overpowers gallant
Jasmine Clarkson in U.S debut
by Michael O'Neill
July 30, 2017
(JULY 30) Katie Taylor,
Ireland’s Gold Medallist from the 2012 Olympics in London, and 5
times AIBA World Champion, duly won her first ever Pro bout in
the United States as she proved (as expected) much too strong
for the gallant Texan, 22 years old Jasmine Clarkson when the
two clashed on Saturday night at the Barclay Center in Brooklyn,
This was not Taylor at or even near her very best though
Clarkson had never been stopped in 12 previous bouts, only four
of which she had won ; as the Bray woman herself duly
acknowledged after the bout she learned a lot from this fight,
identified issues she will be working on before her next bout
and also spoke out about the difficulties she and her team have
found in getting quality opponents to take her on.
She hopes that she will have tougher opponents in her next few
outings but remains confident she can defeat anyone in the
Lightweight division. Away from the ring there are ‘hopes’ that
she could yet appear on the undercard of the ‘fight’ between
Floyd Mayweather and Ireland’s MMA King Conor McGregor. Taylor’s
former AIBA ‘amateur’ Great Britain’s Savannah Marshall will
make her U.S pro debut on that occasion too.
On Saturday, though Taylor got off to a slow start she soon
proved too powerful for the 22 years old Texan and it was no
surprise when the Referee & the Clarkson camp, decided that the
American had suffered enough punishment at the end of round
Speaking to UK broadcaster, Sky Sports after her victory, Taylor
said: "It was a great experience, first fight over here, had a
lot of nerves but I thought I handled it well, good to get the
There are things I definitely need to improve on. I didn't
really catch her with any significant big shots but the constant
pressure forced the stoppage.
"I feel like I'm ready for a world title shot, it's definitely
going to be an exciting few months for me, and I am also looking
forward to boxing at home in Ireland soon, “I thought the
reception was fantastic and there was a lot of Irish in the
crowd which made it very special for me. I hope to create a good
fanbase over here as I said earlier on in the week and I hope I
gained a few more fans here tonight.
“I don’t know what the plan is but the more fights out here the
better. I think I’m definitely well-known back home in Ireland
and in the UK, so it would be great to get more fights over
Why we wondered have their not been tougher opponents ready to
take her on?
She told ‘Irish Examiner’ boxing correspondent Ciaran Gallagher:
"It’s been a frustrating few weeks just trying to get an
opponent nailed down," said Taylor. "It’s not the opponent I
really wanted for this weekend.
“If you turn down those opportunities and those fights, you
shouldn’t really call yourself a professional boxer because what
are they in the sport for?
“I assume everyone has the same mindset and that they want to
box the best and box on these big shows, but unfortunately
that’s not the case.
“This girl is the only one who would take the fight and she is
to be respected because of that. What can I do if no-one else
takes it? These girls need to step up to the plate and you’d
think they’d be raring to go for a big fight and a big
It is understood that as many as 20 more experienced ‘possible
opponents’ had been ‘sounded out’ but declined the offer of a
fight against Taylor, though of course most of the top boxers in
the division would prefer to wait for a title bout and thus
guarantee themselves a much bigger purse.
Taylor’s first highly experienced opponent may well prove to be
Uruguay’s Cecilia Comunales and that World title fight could
well be in Dublin in late Autumn. More news of Taylor’s next
opponent when announced.