Katie Taylor’s had three pro fights, and she’s 3-0, scoring her second stoppage victory today in London, beating Monica Gentili via fifth round TKO at the O2 Arena, on the Haye-Bellew undercard.
Taylor (3-0, 2 KO) says she’s hoping to fight for a world title fight this year, and promoter Eddie Hearn is backing that.
“I felt like I could go 10 rounds in there tonight. I felt great in there,” Taylor said. “I think I’m ready to box for a world title straight away, really, but I should get a few 10-rounders under my belt.”
Hearn said that Taylor, 30, would be back March 25 on the Linares-Crolla card, and then probably on April 29 at Wembley Stadium, on the Joshua-Klitschko bill. Hearn wants her to then have a fight in the United States, before ultimately going after a world title.
Is Taylor as ready as she’s going to get for a world title fight, and is it really just a matter of a few more bouts before throwing her in, potentially, against someone like WBC titleholder Delfine Persoon (38-1, 16 KO), the recognized best fighter at lightweight? Will the Irish superstar achieve her dreams by the end of this year?