An outstanding performance.
Katie Taylor (13-0-0, 6KO) was razor sharp, technically as brilliant as could be, beating Rose ‘The Queen’ Volante (14-1-0, 8KO) in every single facet of the sport, taking away and nullifying Rose’s speed and aggression by pushing her back, constantly beating her to the punch and out-dueling her at her own game, with Rose getting put down on the canvas in the 1st round with a very short right hand thrown in mid combination.
Katie mixed it up all night, picking and choosing spots to step in and fight, when to counter, occasionally bouncing out to box, and never giving her the same look twice. Volante was left confused and hesitant from the 3rd round on, and it was all downhill from there, with Katie getting more brazen with her counterpunching, and forging her stamp during the back-end of the match, especially in the 8th round.
There was an accidental headbutt between the two in the 9th round that busted Volante’s nose, something that quality Referee Benjy Esteves Jr. apparently missed, and felt compelled to stop the fight, thinking that the damage was caused by a punch.
Nonetheless, Katie Taylor had full command of the bout anyway, and the fight was completely out of reach, so it felt appropriate that the fight was halted at that point for the TKO victory. Taylor made a statement in this fight with her performance, and became the new Unified WBA/WBO/IBF Lightweight World Champion, further staking her claim to being the best all-around P4P fighter in the world on her side of the sport.
PROJECT COMBAT SCORECARD
Tré Berry = 80 – 72 (Shut-Out Up To The Stoppage)
Jon Uddin = 80 – 72 (Shut-Out Up To The Stoppage)