Ireland’s Taylor wins first fight as a pro

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor won her debut fight as a professional with a third-round stoppage of Karina Kopinska in London.

Ireland’s Taylor, a five-time world and 2012 Olympic champion, was simply in a different class to her Polish opponent.

Her bid to become a double Olympic gold medallist was shattered when she lost her opening bout in Rio in August.

Taylor’s next fight is on the undercard of Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina on 10 December and she could challenge for a world title at the end of 2017.

“That would be the dream, boxing for a world title in Dublin, or anywhere in Ireland,” said the 30-year-old.

“I don’t want to get too carried away, it was only my first fight as a pro, but I plan to do big things in this sport. I hope to be multiple-weight world champion.”

Taylor softened up Kopinska with some stinging hooks to the body and head in the first two rounds before burying her under a barrage of blows halfway through the third.

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: “There was huge pressure on her, not just to get the win but to put in a performance. It couldn’t have gone any better.

“She needed a good start to get hold of the non-believers. Forget about whether it is men’s or women’s boxing, she can fight and entertain.”

Essex boxer Martin Ward successfully defended his British super-featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Scotland’s Ronnie Clark.

In the first defence of his Lonsdale Belt, 25-year-old Ward survived a 10th-round knockdown to remain on course for a shot at the European title.

More to follow.

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