Taylor continues her march to title showdown with victory over Koleva
A decade after playing a pivotal role in securing a place for women boxers at the Olympic Games, Katie Taylor could now change the face of women's professional boxing.
Her relentless march towards a dream world title fight in Dublin later this year took a step closer to reality when she chalked up her fourth pro victory in as many months in the Manchester Arena on Saturday.
Taylor outclassed the durable, but ultimately limited, Bulgarian Melina Koleva every bit as comprehensively as suggested by the 80-72 scorecard of referee Howard Foster, who correctly awarded her all eight rounds. But the Taylor camp believes her true potential is being stymied by an arcane rule which decrees that rounds in women's professional boxing are of only a two-minute duration.
After a short break this week at home in Bray, Taylor heads back to her new base in Vernon, Connecticut to prepare for her next fight on April 29 at Wembley Stadium on the undercard of the World heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko before an unexpected attendance of 90.000.
By then Taylor will have be seen live by an estimated 150,00 fans in her five professional fights which is unprecedented in the history of women's professional boxing.