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Ireland's Katie Taylor successfully defended her WBA world lightweight title with a unanimous points victory over American Jessica McCaskill | Fight Results.

Katie Taylor has won all eight of her fights since turning professional in October 2016


By BBC Sport

Ireland's Katie Taylor successfully defended her WBA world lightweight title with a unanimous points victory over American Jessica McCaskill.

Taylor, 31, who beat Anahi Sanchez to land the WBA belt in October, topped the bill at London's York Hall.

She extended her unbeaten professional record to eight fights with victory over the crafty 33-year-old.

"It was probably the toughest fight of my career," said Taylor after taking the judges' cards 97-92 97-92 98-91.

She added on Sky Sports: "I had to be at my very best. I knew she was tough and I was prepared for that. I did what I had to do and I am delighted with another victory."

McCaskill has won five of her seven professional contests and tested Taylor at times in Bethnal Green, wobbling the Bray fighter in the sixth round.

Taylor, who won an Olympic gold at London 2012, was then docked a point for holding in the seventh round.

But Taylor out-boxed her opponent for long spells to keep hold of the belt she claimed at Cardiff's Principality Stadium, and is now turning her attention to unifying the division.

"I would love to have a home fight in Dublin and unify the division," added Taylor.

"I want to make history in this sport. This is the perfect end to a perfect year."

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