Today was an historic day for Bray’s Katie Taylor as she picked up her first professional belt in a world-title eliminator at Wembley Stadium.
Defeating German Nina Meinke, the win sees Taylor move up to 5-0, just 22 weeks after turning professional.
The WBA female intercontinental lightweight title bout took place as the undercard of the world heavyweight championship clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Kilitschko (Joshua won in the 11th, by the way) and the win sees Taylor lining up a likely world-title fight in Dublin later this year.
Arriving in the ring to her usual mash-up of James Brown’s It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World and AC/DC’s Thunderstruck – just as Taylor had done before her win over Milena Koleva in Manchester last month – the fight was due to last 10 two-minute rounds.
For those lucky enough to be present, it was clear from the start that Taylor was out to win this fight, being clearly the more aggressive of the two. The 23-year-old Meinke, from Spandau in Germany, managed to hold off the always-advancing Taylor for the first few rounds, but, 57 seconds into the seventh, referee Howard Foster stepped in to stop the contest.
Hailing the night as “the greatest of my career so far“, Taylor finished her victorious bout by stating, “I feel like I’m ready right now to box for a world title“.