Legendary Irish boxer and the current undisputed female lightweight champion of the world Katie Taylor has risen to the top of the female pound-to-pound boxer in the world following her successful unified title defense against Miriam Gutiérrez at The SSE Arena in London last Saturday.
Katie Taylor (17-0, 6 KOs) retained her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and The Ring belts with a victory by unanimous decision. The champion gave no room to Gutiérrez (13-1, 5 KOs), who lost her first professional career bout, and with sheer dominance floored the Mexican contender in the 4th round, coasting to victory by scoring 100-89, 100-90 and 99-91 points.
Katie Taylor crowned the no. 1 female P4P boxer by The Ring Magazine
The win marks Taylor’s 9th career title defense since she retained her WBA female lightweight title against Jessica McCaskill in December 2017, as well as her second straight unified title defense following the superb win against Delfine Persoon back on 22nd August.
The Irishwoman has already been regarded by many as the best female pound-to-pound boxer in the world and now after two majestic title defenses, The Ring magazine has put her on the top spot from being number 2.
“It’s great to be considered the pound-for-pound number one and it’s a very satisfying way to end the year,” Katie Taylor reacted on becoming the top P4P female pugilist.
Both of Katie’s unified title defenses had taken place amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With wins in both, the 34-year-old now looks forward to taking on more title challenges in 2021.
“It’s obviously been a very difficult year for everyone due to the pandemic so it’s been great to have had the opportunity to get two fights in,” Katie added,“Hopefully next year I can be even busier. There are so many great fights and challenges out there for me and I’m so excited about what’s to come.”
The next year is expected to bring a lot to Katie’s plate, as the world champion is set to take on several top contenders in 2021, such as the likes of Puerto Rican boxing icon Amanda Serrano (38-1, 28 KOs).