Katie Taylor has become the unified women’s world lightweight boxing champion.

The Bray fighter is now the WBA and IBF title holder after defeating Argentina’s Victoria Bustos on points at New York’s Barclay’s Centre.

Taylor was given the nod by all the three judges after 10 rounds and she says “it’s a dream come true” to become a unified champion.

The former Olympic champion added that her aim is to now secure all four belts in her weight class.

The 31 year old unbeaten Bray boxer is now half way towards fulfilling her dream of becoming the undisputed queen of the 135lb division having secured the WBA version of the title in Cardiff last October.

So, just 20 months after turning professional, and in only her ninth fight in the paid ranks, she has now secured two World professional titles to go along with the five she won as an amateur, as well as her 2012 Olympic gold medal.

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Taylor completely dominated the ten round contest, though Bustos deserves credit for her bravery. Despite being totally outclassed she stayed upright and didn’t take a standing count.

But Taylor was outstanding as reflected in the three judges’ cards with all three judges give the contest to Taylor on two scores of 99-91 and one of 98/22.

“I’m thrilled to unify the titles. It’s a dream come true. It was a great fight and she was a brave opponent,” said Taylor


Courtesy of Independent and Irish Examiner.