Taylor overcomes career-toughest test to stop Volante and win third world title

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And still, and new!

And still, and new!

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Gavan Casey reports from Liacouras Center, Philadelphia

KATIE TAYLOR has become the first-ever Irish fighter in the four-belt era to hold three major titles simultaneously after stopping Rose Volante in the ninth round of a career-toughest test in Philadelphia.

In a gruelling affair, Taylor took plenty of punishment — particularly early doors — before turning the screw and battering the teak-tough ‘Queen Rose’ into submission.

Volante, who during Thursday’s staredown warned Taylor, ‘I’m here’, wasn’t lying. She played her part in a thrilling exhibition of boxing before being spared by referee Benjy Estevez after nine rounds of physical punishment, her face bloodied and bruised.

More to follow.


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