Irish boxer Katie Taylor won her first professional fight in the SSE Arena at Wembley, London, on Saturday night.
The 30-year-old’s victory over Poland’s Karina Kopinska came 58 seconds into round three when the referee called an end to the contest.
“It’s a massive privilege and a massive night for women’s boxing,” said Taylor, according to The Irish Times. “I’ve been training so hard these last couple of months. I’m in fantastic shape but I’m not getting too carried away."
Katie Taylor's first professional bout is underway! https://t.co/SnbVDa3mth pic.twitter.com/LoQ31XAYZ1— Independent Sport (@IndoSport) November 26, 2016
The Bray, Co Wicklow native, who has enjoyed a 15-year amateur career with five world titles, six European belts and an Olympic gold medal at London 2012, lost her opening bout at the Rio Olympic Games earlier this year fighting Finland’s Mira Potkonen, The Guardian reports.
On Saturday, Taylor, clad in black with gold trim, looked determined the moment she walked into the arena to face 27-year-old Kopinska for the six-round super-featherweight contest in London.
Katie Taylor easily wins her first professional fight https://t.co/0Apww4nkzd pic.twitter.com/jbvgWGy0ka— Irish Examiner (@irishexaminer) November 26, 2016
From the opening bell, Taylor landed punch after punch, forcing Kopinksa, who was in her 25th professional fight, to retreat. The end came in the third round, when Taylor landed a series of head shots and forced Kopinska on to the ropes until the referee had to step in to call an end to the fight.
The entire contest lasted just under five minutes(4:58).
“It couldn’t have been a better start, not just the win but the performance. Katie Taylor is here to win. That was the absolute perfect, perfect performance,” said promoter Eddie Ahearn.
Perfect start. Big thanks to everyone for all of the support. Onto the next one... #Dec10th pic.twitter.com/5hmFbG5QSN— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) November 27, 2016
Taylor's next fight will be part of the undercard of the Anthony Joshua-Eric Molina fight in Manchester on December 10, and she could challenge for a world title at the end of 2017.
"That would be the dream, boxing for a world title in Dublin, or anywhere in Ireland," said Taylor.
"I don't want to get too carried away, it was only my first fight as a pro, but I plan to do big things in this sport. I hope to be multiple-weight world champion."