Katie Taylor and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the two favorable worldwide stars of ladies's and men's boxing, augmented their respective legacies on Saturday evening when each boxers changed into multi-weight world champions internal hours of every assorted in Manchester after which Las Vegas. She is going to lose all the time and still win another undisputed and say she is a two-weight undisputed.
It wasn't easy, but Taylor got the job done, earning a gritty majority decision (94-94, 97-93, 97-93) to become the WBO female super lightweight champion.
Katie Taylor is a two-weight world champion. We always knew that this would be a tough fight. I was getting very emotional during the interview (in the ring).
Linardatou (12-2, six KOs) came out as the aggressor in the first round and forced Taylor to fight off her back foot.
Peters had heard enough and within seconds the entire Taylor party were heading for the exits. Moments later, Taylor got clipped with a combination as the bell sounded. Everywhere she has boxed.
Next up for the Bray fighter is likely to be a top-of-the-bill appearance on March 7 in Madison Square Garden to mark International Women's Day against seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano.
Taylor wouldn't commit to anything following Saturday's fight, but she understands what is ahead. Eventually, I'll shut them up. "I'm now a two-weight world champion".
Serrano is believed to be unhappy with the amount that contract - signed before Taylor's meetings with Linardatou, Persoon and Rose Volante - proposes for her bout with the Irishwoman but that is a detail her promoter, Lou di Bella, and Hearn will expect to work out.
"I'm going to enjoy this victory and leave the matchmaking to my team", Taylor added.
Hearn hinted that a Dublin show could also be a possibility but we have heard that suggestion before and he admitted recently that he expected Taylor to fight more and more in the more lucrative market of America.
Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs), 33, perhaps the biggest name in boxing after winning gold at the 2012 Olympics and now nine world title fights, has a few options for bigger nights ahead of her.
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