Niall Horan and AP McCoy lead praise for Katie Taylor's "toughest fight of her career"
Katie Taylor didn't f**k around in 2017.
Eight professional fights, eight professional wins. A title. A title defence.
It was a crazy year, a historic one, and one which culminated with not just a female bout headlining a Sky Sports card in York Hall, but it ended with Katie Taylor overcoming serious adversity and making it through what she described as the "toughest fight of her career".
Almost time for #TaylorMcCaskill here at London's York Hall as Katie Taylor goes through a final warm up on the pads. 👊⚡️💥. The fight is up next live on @skysports in Ireland and the UK and streamed on @ShowtimeBoxing in the US. pic.twitter.com/8DNPUEMjfJ
— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) December 13, 2017
Taylor was awarded victory over Jessica McCaskill on Wednesday night with a unanimous judges decision and the legend grows.
Her jaw was tested, her endurance was tested over 10 rounds and her discipline was tested as the referee intervened on a number of occasions much to the displeasure of the Irish support.
Looking forward to the boxing tonight! @KatieTaylor is a brilliant fighter who I enjoy watching! Always going for the KO and has skills! STACKED card tonight so tune in people...
Sky Sports Action/Mix: 6pm
Sky Sports Main Event: 9.45pm
— Tony Bellew (@TonyBellew) December 13, 2017
When the Bray sensation got going though, she did what she always does - she started getting people talking and she started inspiring the nation.
Katie Taylor is some woman
— Conor Martin (@Conorjmartin96) December 13, 2017
She's a rarity in that she never feels the need to engage in trash talk or hyped-up dramas but, by God, when she enters the ring, she changes.
That is one hell of a look of steel on @KatieTaylor 's face. Come on Katie!
— Niamh Banks 🎃 🎃 (@NiamhBanks) December 13, 2017
And she had some very interested onlookers for her first title defence.
Cmon @KatieTaylor 🇮🇪🇮🇪
— Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) December 13, 2017
Once again, she didn't let any of them down.
Way to go @KatieTaylor - next stop Dublin. !! 🇮🇪☘️🥊
— Paul McGinley (@mcginleygolf) December 13, 2017
It wasn't easy though - far from it.
Wellllllll,@KatieTaylor is in a right old scrap isn’t she !
— dale (@dalej83) December 13, 2017
And the official in the ring didn't help matters.
This ref is doing my head in #KatieTaylor
— Kadie Kirkham-Tebbs (@Kcjtebbs) December 13, 2017
— paul kelly (@paulie_lufc) December 13, 2017
This boy was just loving it though.
Katie Taylor is awesome
— Ger Connolly (@gerconnolly) December 13, 2017
And when Taylor came through that pressure, her skill, her class and her nerve started to shine even brighter.
Katie Taylor is ridiculously good
— Darren Smith (@DarrenS1706) December 13, 2017
She was helped there by the Irish though.
And one of their favourite sons appreciated it too.
The Irish fans pure class 👏🏾👏🏾would love to see at @KatieTaylor boxing in Dublin the atmosphere would be unreal
— Clinton Morrison (@morrisonclinton) December 13, 2017
What was the ref's problem though, right enough?
Well done @KatieTaylor
What fight was the ref watching ?
McCaskill dragged her whole fight but Katie penalized for doing it once ? 🧐....
— Nicky Byrne (@NickyByrne) December 13, 2017
The highest praise.
— AP McCoy (@AP_McCoy) December 13, 2017
The biggest question.
LOVE YOU NIALL, FOLLOW ME PLEASEEE!! KISSES ❤❤
— Louis Stan❤ (@LouisStan28) December 13, 2017