Ireland’s Katie Taylor stayed indisputable world light-weight champ however was made to work by USA’s Jennifer Han prior to winning on points in Leeds.
Former world featherweight champ Han, 38, went up 2 departments to take the battle and her smart motion made life tough for Taylor early on.
However, the 35- year-old started to discover her variety in Headingley and she floored the Texan in the 8th round.
As Han started to reveal war injuries, Taylor clinched her 19 th expert win.
The 100-89 decision on all 3 judges’ cards looked a little extreme on Han although there was no questioning Taylor’s supremacy.
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” I am really, extremely pleased with the win however a bit scrappy sometimes,” stated Ireland’s 2012 Olympic champ after her success.
” I understood she was really crafty in there however I would have liked an interruption. I wish to state a masterclass, it wasn’t, however a win is a win.”
Mother-of-two Han belied her big underdog status in the opening 2 rounds as Taylor – after an intense opening minute – started to fight with her timing in front of a 20,000 crowd as the return of fans produced a raucous environment at the Leeds location.
A number of strong rights in the 3rd and 4th sufficed for Taylor to win those rounds however the American – who brought to life her 2nd kid just 6 months ago – continued to complete well.
However, another strong right from Taylor put Han down in the 8th although the previous featherweight world champ declared that it had actually been a slip.
As Han did tire in the closing 2 rounds, Taylor started to control however the American stayed on her feet to take the contest to the complete range.
Taylor’s newest triumph will inescapable result in more speculation of a prominent marriage bout with seven-weight world champ Amanda Serrano or possibly a rematch with indisputable welterweight champ Jessica McCaskill.
The Irishwoman was set to fulfill Serrano in May 2020 prior to the bout was cancelled since of the pandemic.
Puerto Rican Serrano effectively safeguarded her 2 featherweight belts last Sunday prior to revealing her desire to “certainly” satisfy Taylor.
Taylor will intend to battle once again prior to completion of the year, with her previous bout prior to Saturday’s win, a triumph over Natasha Jonas in May.