Katie Taylor Defeats Tasha Jonas
Tasha Jonas gave absolutely everything as she came up narrowly short in her undisputed lightweight title showdown with Katie Taylor on Saturday.
Jonas (9-2-1, 7 KOs) was facing Taylor (18-0, 6 KOs) at the AO Arena in Manchester, and it was a sensational back and forth battle between the two women.
A new triumph for the undisputed 135-pound champion. Katie Taylor managed to beat the British Natasha Jonas in ten rounds and retained the World Boxing Association belt after the unanimous decision of the judges at the Manchester Arena in the United Kingdom.
With very close cards, the judges had to open their eyes wide when scoring the fight as there were chapters in which the actions were close and giving advantages to both boxers.
Jonas rocked Taylor with a huge shot in round six, but all ten rounds were extremely competitive as both fighters gave their absolute all.
Katie Taylor was very fast in her offensive advances which led her to leave many free spaces that were well used by Jonas, who was looking to counterattack to the lower areas mostly. The last rounds were undoubtedly the most exciting: the fight moved to the center of the ring with a greater blow exchange where Taylor’s speed and volume of punches prevailed.
It went the distance, with the judges narrowly scoring it 96-94, 96-95, 96-95 in Taylor’s favour, and Jonas is more than happy to face Taylor again.
This was a great test for the two fighters who already knew each other from their great amateur past. The Irish boxer has already declared that she seeks to measure herself against the best in the world. With this new victory, Taylor continues to be the owner of the WBA black and gold belt along with the WBO, IBF, and WBC versions in the lightweight division.
Jonas said: “I knew it was close. Every time I’m asked to step up, I do. When the team is ready, I will fight Katie again. I feel I belong at this level. Twice I’ve proven it, and I want to win titles and I want to become a champion.
“There were rounds that I hurt her but I gave her some time to recover, but it’s all learning as this is only my 12th professional fight. Anybody from 130lbs to 140lbs, I’m ready.”
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