Nov. 27, 2016
By Jim McGrady
Irish Olympian Katie Taylor (1-0, 1 KO) kicked off her pro career with a bang, scoring a third round stoppage over Karina Kopinska (7-15-3, 2 KO’s) at Wembley Arena in London.
It was a one sided contest for as long as it lasted; the 2012 Olympic gold medalist displayed impressive hand and foot speed, mounting a body attack early on and scoring with incredibly fast combinations before the scheduled six round bout was stopped halfway through the third frame. She was barely hit by Kopinska, a 25 fight pro that had only been stopped once prior to this contest
Taylor entered the pros after a highly successful amateur career that includes an Olympic gold medal, five World Amateur Championship gold medals, and and six gold medals in the European Amateur Championships. She finished third in the 2016 World Amateur Championships and lost in the quarter finals of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Putting this year behind her, she’s now focused on becoming just as successful in the paid ranks. Competing now as a lightweight, she’s already voiced her desire to become multiple division world champion and fight for a world title in Ireland.
Promoter Eddie Hearn summed up the impressive display perfectly: “it couldn’t have gone any better…forget women’s boxing, forget men’s boxing, it’s just boxing, and Katie Taylor can fight”. She’s scheduled to face an opponent to be named in two weeks at Manchester Arena in Lancashire and Hearn also has plans to bring her Stateside next year.