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14th Dec 2017

‘She’s a princess, knock her out’ – Jessica McCaskill’s corner felt Katie Taylor was there for the taking

Jack O'Toole

Rick Ramos, Jessica McCaskill’s head trainer, was caught on Sky Sports cameras last night encouraging his fighter to throw a ‘f**king missile’ at WBA female lightweight champion Katie Taylor.

The Bray native extended her professional record to 8-0 with a 97-92, 97-92, 98-91 unanimous decision win over the American in her maiden title defence.

With McCaskill trailing heading into the final round, Ramos encouraged the Chicagoan to go for the knockout, labelling Taylor a princess in the process.

“Last round, short shots, hands up, walk in behind the jab, that’s all you got to do,” said Ramos.

“If you see something, f**king throw it. Throw it, sit on it, close the gap and f**king throw it.

“They’re not going to give us a decision…. hit her with a f**king missile so we can go home, that’s it.

“We came all the way over here, she don’t want to fight, she’s f**king, she’s a princess, knock her out. Let’s go.”

Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn said after the win that the champion will look to rest for the next four months before targeting a return to the ring in Dublin during the Spring.

“I’d like to bring Katie to Dublin next. It would be a shame not to fight in Dublin. I don’t think it would make a lot of sense not to fight in Dublin,” he told RTÉ Sport.

“It would give Katie the chance to have Christmas and January off which I think she needs”

“The popularity, we’ve seen it in England and in Wales, has been incredible. If we can bring a unification fight, we’d love to do it.

“April would work really well because it would give Katie the chance to have Christmas and January off which I think she needs.”