Taylor Beats Jonas on Points
The pre-fight talk of should Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas be headlining and the fact that most of the anticipation was for Taylor vs Jonas shows how far women’s boxing has come in the last year or so, and also a huge compliment to the fighters who contested the battle for the undisputed world lightweight titles.
It was always going to be about wafer thin margins, it was always going to be a titanic struggle, and so it proved.
Yet again, Jonas came so close to achieving her dream, 96-94, 96-95 and 96-95 reflected how near Jonas was to winning. I thought the Liverpool fighter needed a good start to win, but I felt the opening two rounds cost her. Jonas couldn’t quite pull the trigger, often falling short, the hand speed of Taylor edging those first few rounds for me.
But Jonas came roaring back, big rounds in the 3rd, 6th and the 7th rounds saw the challenger come right back into it. After 8 rounds, Jonas had the look of a fighter about to be crowned the new world champion.
Taylor sensing her unbeaten record was in real danger, drove on to seal the final two rounds and retain her titles. Jonas had a good first minute of the final round, but Taylor outworked her in those final crucial 60 seconds. It came down to one minute of action.
It was close, but Taylor looked the likely winner in that tense wait for the scores to be announced. But nobody could be certain with any degree of confidence.
Taylor now (18-0) was given a scare, hurt on several occasions, but that champion’s heart and experience saw her home, just.
Jonas played her part in another fight of the year candidate, the greater volume of her opponent the difference on the night. Jonas has again proved her worth and quality at world level, hopefully, she doesn’t have to wait too long for another opportunity.
Taylor and Jonas followed Shannon Courtenay and Ebanie Bridges heroics a few weeks back, Jane Couch will be immensely proud of what she made possible all those years ago.
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