Gone are the days where female prize fights are the warm-up rounds. Thanks to the likes of Claressa Shields for boxing and Ronda Rousey for MMA, women are starting to lead the way in headline acts for professional bouts.
Ward vs Giner
On the evening of Wed 13th Dec 2017 in London, Katie Taylor meets Jessica McCaskill for the first defence of the WBA lightweight title. They met shortly after the European super-featherweight title between Martin J Ward v Juli Giner, where Martin became the new title holder after his left hook brought Giner to a halt at the 6th round. A clean finish that fired up the crowd in keener anticipation for their main event.
Taylor vs McCaskill
It is no secret that McCaskill chased Taylor unrelentingly for months before the fight was arranged. Considering the mighty legendary status that Taylor holds on the opposite of the Atlantic, McCaskill appears to hold little or no apprehension when the fight was set up in London, an almost home ground for Taylor.
McCaskill’s relentless chasing went all the way into the ring. In the first few rounds, Taylor stayed calm, compose while McCaskill pushes forward with a fierce determination. It was as though she had no intention to run all 10 rounds and is willing to risk her stamina for an early termination.
The main difference between the two fighters, for me anyway, is that Taylor is still playing a sport whereas McCaskill has no interest in scoring, all her strikes are intend for a knock out. At some point it appears to me, Katie Taylor realised just how intense McCaskill’s attacks were. By that stage the cheers of the crowd, instead of fueling her confidence seem to make her more stressed.
It was a spectacular fight for me, neither girls fray at any point, both maintaining a strong will. Taylor seems to gain more control at the end, grasping McCaskill’s technique when both became fatigued. The crowd roars toward the last minute. Everyone held their breathe till the end.
Unanimous decision for Katie Taylor. And still.
No worries Jessica McCaskil you’ll sure gain yourself a few new fans. One of them is me 👍😃