KATIE TAYLOR, CHAMPION OF THE WORLD
In the actual field of boxing, Ireland’s Olympic champion Katie Taylor gave the Irish a real reason to feel that the year in sports had a satisfying conclusion. Facing off with Anahi Sanchez in Cardiff for the title of WBA female lightweight, her record of 7-0 meant the Bray boxer headed in as the hot favourite.
Still, it was a strange atmosphere going into the match, as her Argentinean opponent was too heavy to meet the lightweight standards. As such, this meant for Sanchez that whether she won or lost, she was going to lose her belt.
Nevertheless, Katie gave a performance to remember, proving both Sanchez and her manager wrong after they repeatedly said she lacked “the experience” to be world champion.
Next up, Taylor takes on Jessica McCaskill on December 3.