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Boxing Results: Unified Light Champ Katie Taylor Defeats Karen Carabajal!

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By Ken Hissner: At Wembley Arena, London, UK, Saturday over DAZN Eddie Hearn (Matchroom Boxing) presented in the Main Event Olympic Gold Medalist, WBA, WBC, WBO & IBF World Female Lightweight champion Katie Taylor defended her unified titles, defeating previously unbeaten South American champion Karen Carabajal of Argentina over ten rounds.

In the co-feature, former IBF 2-division champ Kiko Martinez stopped EBU Feather champ Jordan Gill in four rounds.

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In the Main Event Olympic Gold Medalist, Unified Lightweight WBA, WBC, WBO & IBF champ Katie Taylor, 22-0 (6), #134.6, of Bray County, Winslow, IRE, defeated previously unbeaten South American champ Karen Carabajal, 19-1 (2), #134.2, of Bueno Aires, ARG, over 10×2 rounds.

In the first round, Taylor used an effective jab to control the round being the aggressor. In the second round, Taylor decided to move around the ring and counter Carabajal. In the third round, midway, Taylor landed a solid right to the chin of the taller Carabajal.

In the fourth round, first minute Taylor had Carabajal in the corner, landing a swarm of punches until Carabajal fought her way out.

In the fifth round, Taylor played the counterpuncher twice, landing solid punches first a left hook to the chin, and in the final minute a right to the chin of Carabajal. In the sixth and seventh rounds, Taylor looked for the big punch, but Carabajal, with a long reach and a decent jab, made it difficult to get in clean shots to the chin.

In the eighth round’s final seconds, Taylor landed a left hook to the chin knocking Carabajal back a few steps. In the ninth round, the unbeaten South American champ Carabajal knowing she is behind in the fight, becomes a bit more aggressive in the final twenty seconds landing a double left hook. In the final seconds, a clash of heads caused a cut on the right eyebrow of Carabajal.

In the tenth and final round, with blood streaming down the side of her face, Carabajal never stopped trying, but Taylor had the better hand speed and power to outfight her down to the bell.

Scores 100-91, 99-91, 98-92, and 99-91 by this writer.

Taylor is looking forward to a possible rematch with world unified Featherweight champ Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano, 43-2-1, who came to the UK last month to post a win over unbeaten Sarah Mahfoud.

Referee Mark Lyson

In the co-feature, EBU Euro Feather champ Jordan “The Thrill” Gill, 27-2-1 (8), #125.8, of Chatteris, UK, lost his title by stoppage to the former IBF Super Bantam and Feather champ Kiko “La Sensacion” Martinez, 44-11-2 (31), #124.8, of Alicante, SP, at 2:44 of the fourth round of a scheduled 12 rounds.

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In the first round, Gill worked the ring well with a continual jab in the face of Martinez, who followed him around the ring. In the third round, Martinez landed a right on the chin, dropping Gill for an 8-count from Referee Giuseppe Quartarone. Before the end of the round, a right uppercut from Martinez on the chin dropped Gill for another 8-count. Gill was cut under both eyes.

In the fourth round, a right from Martinez on the glove against Gill’s head and down he went for an 8-count. A left hook from Martinez dropped Gill for a fourth time as he got up immediately, but the referee saw enough, as did the Gill corner calling a halt.

EBU Euro Super Bantam champ Mary Romero, 8-3 (2), #120.5, of Murcia, SP, lost her title to WBA Inter-Continental Super Bantam champ Ellie Scotney, 6-0 (0), #121.5, of Catford, London, UK, over 10×2 rounds.

In the first two rounds, Scotney was the aggressor, scoring with a jab, while Romero, through occasional overhand rights not always connecting. In the third through the fifth rounds, Scotney continues to outland Romero, especially in the fifth round. In the ninth round, Scotney landed three rights to the chin against the fatigued Romero, who had been warned for holding by Referee Jan Christensen. In the tenth and final round, Romero had her best round and possibly the only round she won.

Scores 97-93, 97-94 and 96-94, and 99-91 this writer.

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Lightweight southpaw Gary “The Diva” Cully, 15-0 (9), #135.8, of Naas, IRE, stopped previously unbeaten Jaouad Belmehdi, 16-1-3 (7), #136.3, of Beziers, FR, at 0:35 of the first round of a scheduled 10 rounds.

In the first round, a counter left from Cully on the chin and down went Belmehdi for an 8-count from Referee Victor Loughlin. Upon rising, he never had control of his legs as the referee wisely waved it off.

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Heavyweight Johnny “The Romford Bull” Fisher, 7-0 (6), #233 ½, of Romford, London, UK, stopped Dominik Musil, 7-5 (5), #262 ¾, of Znojmo, CR, at 2:03 of the first round of a scheduled 6 rounds.

Half a minute into the first round, an overhand right on the side of the head from Fisher and down went Musil receiving an 8-count from Referee Marcus McDonnell. Fisher went right after him and in close another right on the head, and down he went a second time.

While Fisher had Musil against the ropes defenseless, the referee wisely stopped the one-sided fight. Fisher’s ring entrance lasted longer to the John Denver tune “West Virginia while his many supporters sang along.

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Cruiser southpaw John ‘The Gentleman’Hedges, 7-0 (2), #181 ½, of Takeley, Essex, UK, defeated Ales Makovec, 3-1 (2), #180 ¼, over 6 rounds.

All scores were 60-53.

Flyweight 6-time National champion Maisey Rose Courtney, 1-0 (0), #113 ½, of London, UK, easily defeated Judit “Tigress” Hachbold, 5-18 (1), #111 ¼, of Kiskoros, Hungary, over 4×2 rounds.

In the first two rounds, Courtney dominated Hachbold. In the third round, Courtney switched to southpaw and back to orthodox with hands to her side, at times dealing out much punishment to Hachbold.

In the fourth and final round, Hachbold looking to survive, only stopped once in her 22 fights and moved around the ring to avoid the many punches from Courtney, who impressed in her debut.
In the first two rounds, Courtney dominated with a combination of punches backing up the veteran Hachbold.

Referee Marcus McDonnell scored 40-36, as did this writer.

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