Tay­lor on course for world ti­tle shot after clin­i­cal Amer­i­can de­but

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WICK­LOW’S Katie Tay­lor im­proved her pro­fes­sional record to 6-0 with a com­pre­hen­sive thir­dround stop­page of Amer­i­can Jas­mine Clark­son last week­end.

Tay­lor en­tered her US de­but as the over­whelm­ing favourite and after three lop­sided rounds, Clark­son’s corner mer­ci­fully waved the fight off be­fore the fourth round could be­gin, with the 22-year-old south­paw thor­oughly out­classed as Tay­lor dom­i­nated from bell to bell.

From the be­gin­ning of the fight Tay­lor marched for­ward and pep­pered Clark­son with a se­ries of com­bi­na­tions that im­me­di­ately ex­posed the gulf in class be­tween the Olympic Gold medal­ist and the 4-9 fighter.

The sec­ond and third rounds largely fol­lowed a sim­i­lar suit with Tay­lor pun­ish­ing Clark­son with a se­ries of shots from the body, to the head, then back to the body be­fore re­turn­ing to the head, of­ten with­out Clark­son fir­ing any­thing in re­turn.

The win marked Tay­lor’s first suc­cess­ful de­fence of her WBA fe­male In­ter-Con­ti­nen­tal lightweight ti­tle with the Bray na­tive now in line to chal­lenge for a world ti­tle later this year, with Tay­lor’s man­ager Brian Peters pre­vi­ously stat­ing that the plan is for the 31-year-old to chal­lenge for a world ti­tle in Dublin in Novem­ber.

How­ever, since Katie’s vic­tory, the man­ager of Jes­sica McCaskill has emerged to crit­i­cise the Bray boxer and her man­age­ment team for not con­tact­ing him in re­la­tion to the dif­fi­cul­ties sur­round­ing find­ing a fighter for Katie.

“We def­i­nitely want to fight Katie,” said Ri­cardo Ramos.

“They’ve brought up Jes­sica’s name three or four times in a cou­ple of dif­fer­ent ar­ti­cles, es­pe­cially in The Ir­ish Times this morn­ing. But we just haven’t got­ten a phonecall.

“Worse still, the girl she fought in Brook­lyn on Satur­day – Jas­mine Clark­son – was our op­po­nent first, and then they out­paid her! Jas­mine can­celled on us and went to Brook­lyn to fight Katie in­stead.

“So I was def­i­nitely a lit­tle both­ered by that, and all this talk in ar­ti­cles that she couldn’t find an op­po­nent be­cause no­body would step up, I don’t be­lieve that’s true.

“We’ve tried to make that fight with Katie a cou­ple of times,” he added.

This could get very in­ter­est­ing.

Bray’s Katie Tay­lor in ac­tion against Jas­mine Clark­son last w

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