In the unification fight between Katie Taylor and Ross Volante, Katie Taylor dominated the fight to gain a ninth-round stoppage win over her opponent. With this win, Katie Taylor now adds the WBO lightweight title belt to her already in possession WBA and IBF titles. The fight was held on Friday night in Philadelphia.
Taylor with this unification bouts’ win has become the first female boxer of the modern era to be holding three of the four major world titles. She achieved this historic landmark after handing Ross Volante the first loss of her professional boxing career.
With this win, Katie Taylor is now on straight track for a unification fight against the WBC titleholder, Delfine Persoon. The fight will take place on the Anthony Joshua-Jarrell Miller undercard which will take place on June 1st.
Volante came out with an intention to dominate the first round but Taylor stopped the opponent in her tracks as she floored her by landing a short right-hand punch.
The Brazilian fighter again started the 2nd round as she did in the first by trying to make a looping right-hand shot. However, Katie Taylor shrugged off this shot and also managed to land a right punch on Volante’s cheek.
By the third round, Taylor started using her footwork as she moved in and out of Volante’s range while landing her shot but avoiding the danger. By the fourth round, Taylor started to mix in some of her legendary combinations.
The fifth round saw Taylor switching from body to headshots and slowly Volante started to crack.
The sixth round then saw Volante’s head being snapped back after a right-hand punch in the opening seconds. The punch left her nose bloodied but the experienced fighter managed to see through it and land in her own right-hand punch on Taylor.
Taylor took the seventh round to pace herself and the eight was a delight for the Irish fans as she landed in her five and seven punches combinations.
After the accidental clash of heads in the ninth round, Referee intervened and examining Volante’s broken nose, he stopped the fight.