HomeBoxing NewsKatie Taylor Drops And Decisions Miriam Gutierrez To Retain Undisputed Crown
Katie Taylor Drops And Decisions Miriam Gutierrez To Retain Undisputed Crown
November 15, 2020
Undisputed women’s lightweight champion Katie Taylor retained her crown with a win unanimous decision win over Miriam Gutierrez on Saturday night at SSE Arena in Wembley.
Taylor put out an excellent performance as Gutierrez was no where in her league and if there be any criticism, it will be the fact that she wasn’t able to end the fight with a KO despite the dominance.
Taylor, who was making her second defence since becoming undisputed, made clear the WBA interim title holder was not in her level and with another mandatory (IBF) due soon, Taylor will be hoping for a better opposition and challenges.
“She was tough,” Taylor said. “She hung in there, she was big and strong. And she was heavy handed. She was dangerous when she was firing back.
“I really wanted the stoppage, I haven’t had one in a while. I thought I might get her out in the first, but that proved to be very wrong.”
There was clear difference once the opening bell was heard as Katie Taylor just went straight into the action, while Gutierrez fought on the back foot and when she decided to come forward, she telegraph’s her blows, leaving the intelligent Irish Champion to read her moves and attack.
Taylor was swift in her attack in the third and needed seconds to connect a big right hand forcing Gutierrez across the ring and into the corner, where she consistently connected hooks from both hands.
The 37 year old Gutierrez, was sent to the canvas at the end of the fourth round with a blistering counter punch that might have been in the shadows and completely undetected by the Spaniard.
The lack of power in Taylor’s punches, were evident as she went for the KO in the seventh round, pinning the Spaniard to the ropes and connecting continuously punch after punch but She was able to take them and though her nose got sour, she was still strong and willing to continue.
The fight was scored a landslide victory for Taylor, who easily won all the rounds but that wasn’t what the judge’s saw. Mark Lyson scored the fight with one round a draw with (100-90), Victor Loughlin gave one round to Gutierrez with (99-90), while Bob Williams gave all the rounds to Taylor with (100-89).
Taylor will really love to get herself back in the ring as soon as possible but her promoter Eddie Hearn, really thinks a break will be good for her.
“If she had her way she would box again before Christmas,” Hearn said. “But I think she benefited from having a shorter camp for this fight. For the Persoon fight [in August] she was in camp for months, but this time it was just seven weeks and she was sharp. That was her best performance in a long time.”