Feb. 13, 2014
Taylor at 2-0; Beats Obenauf in Manchester
By Jim McGrady
In her second pro outing in two weeks, Katie Taylor (2-0, 1 KO) put on another entertaining contest with a six round shut out over Viviane Obenauf (9-2, 4 KO’s) at the Manchester Arena in the U.K.
Again displaying amazing hand and foot speed, lighting fast combinations, and almost effortless lateral movement, the Irish lightweight out classed Obenauf en route to a 60-53 decision courtesy of referee Darren Sarginson, who was the lone scorekeeper in the bout. Taylor worked the body effectively, especially with the left hook, which also scored well upstairs, resulting in a second round knockdown.
Obenauf put up a sturdier challenge than Karina Kopinska did in Taylor’s pro debut, and to give credit where its due, she came to fight. Despite the knockdown, a cut eye in the fifth (clash of heads), and generally being out fought all the way through, she kept punching until the final bell. She put up the best fight she could, but when playing the aggressor, was often left lunging at a missing target, as Taylor would slide out of the way and counter.
The contest was broadcast not only on Sky Sports in the U.K., but also by Showtime here in the States; that’s a pretty big deal if you’re unaware…a huge deal.
Taylor is the second female Olympian to take to the pro ranks; America’s two-time gold medal winner Claressa Shields was successful in her pro debut last month when she beat amateur rival Franchon Crews by four round decision in Las Vegas.