Ireland’s Katie Taylor made it a 2-0 start as a professional today in Manchester, beating Vivane Obenauf on points over six rounds.
Taylor (2-0, 1 KO) is a key part of what may be a golden era for women’s pro boxing, as there are some very talented and popular women’s boxers turning pro from the 2012 and 2016 Olympics. Along with the United States’ Claressa Shields, Taylor is probably the biggest piece of the puzzle, given her massive popularity in Ireland and the United Kingdom.
Obenauf falls to 9-2 (4 KO) with the loss.
Scott Quigg made his return as a featherweight, stopping a tough Jose Cayetano in the ninth round with a brutal right hand knockout. Quigg (32-1-2, 24 KO) largely dominated the action, but also may have gotten away with a lot of low blows.
All in all, it was a solid performance for Quigg, who was coming back from not just a loss to Carl Frampton early this year, but also the broken jaw suffered in that fight. Cayetano (20-5, 9 KO) was never a real threat to win, but he’s a competent battler and gave Quigg some rounds.