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Taylor eager to unify belts after tough test


By Steve Simpson

Katie Taylor says she wants a unification world title fight following her win over Jessica McCaskill at York Hall last night.

Bray fighter Taylor defended her WBA lightweight title with a unanimous points victory over hard-hitting American McCaskill, who pushed her all the way in 10 gruelling rounds.

And having come through this test, improving her professional record to eight bouts unbeaten, Taylor says she's focusing on a big unification fight, hopefully in Dublin.

"I'd love to have a home fight in Dublin and I'd love to unify the division," the 31-year old said.

"I want to be involved in the biggest fights possible."

McCaskill had looked strong in the middle rounds in particular but Taylor finished the stronger to ultimately record a unanimous decision victory, 97-92, 97-92, 98-91.

After a tight opening round, Taylor's speed began to tell, and although the Olympic champion ended up on the canvas in round two, it was ruled a slip.

Round five was a particular highlight for Taylor, connecting with numerous shots that showcased both her speed and power.

However, McCaskill rocked Taylor for one of the few times in her professional career in the sixth. The seventh proved similarly difficult for Taylor, and she was deducted a point for holding.

The closing three rounds decided the contest for Taylor, who kept her dangerous opponent away in the final stages to record another win.

Taylor admitted: "That was the toughest fight of my career. I thought I boxed well from the outside. I knew she was very tough and I prepared well for that."

• AUSTRALIA'S Jeff Horn is in contention for a fight with Manny Pacquiao or Terence Crawford in 2018 after making the first defence of his WBO welterweight title with an 11th-round stoppage of Gary Corcoran.

Britain's Corcoran, a surprise world title challenger at the Brisbane Convention Centre, proved a game-but-limited opponent and was eventually withdrawn by his corner while bleeding heavily from his left eye.

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