Katie Taylor Wins and more

Katie Taylor Wins and more Fight Chatter March 17, 2019



Ireland’s Katie Taylor (13-0) handily defeated Brazil’s Rose Volante (14-1) by stoppage in the ninth round to grab the WBO lightweight. Taylor, 32, already has the IBF and WBA lightweight titles and could be headed to a showdown with Belgium’s Delfine Persoon the long-time WBC lightweight champion. Taylor’s win helps propel female boxing into another realm as several top female champions such as Amanda Serrano, Layla McCarter or Cecilia Braekhus are strong possible foes in the near future.


IBF welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr. proved he may just be the top 147-pounder out there with a thorough unanimous decision win over four-division world titlist Mikey Garcia on Saturday March 16. More than 45,000 attended the epic contest between touted champions.


Former super middleweight titlist David Benavidez (21-0) knocked out J’Leon Love (24-3-1) in the second round in Arlington, Texas. It was Benavidez, 22, first fight since being stripped of the WBC title for failing a drug test. A clash with current belt-holder Anthony Dirrell is sought for this summer.


Former bantamweight world titlist Luis Nery (29-0) battered and knocked out Puerto Rico’s McJoe Arroyo (18-3) to resume his quest to regain a world title. Nery, 24, fights out of Tijuana, Mexico and lost the title by failing to make weight back in March 2018 against Shinsuke Yamanaka who he knocked out. In his fight on Saturday March 16, Nery knocked down Arroyo four times before the fight was stopped at the end of the fourth round.


Riverside’s Chris Arreola (38-5-1) continued his comeback with third round knockout over Jean Pierre Augustin (17-1-1) on Saturday March 16. It was Arreola’s second win since un-retiring more than three years ago. The former world title challenger said as long as he keeps winning he will keep fighting. “I love to fight,” said Arreola.


Super welterweight contender Mark DeLuca (23-1) defeated Jimmy Williams (16-2-1) by unanimous decision to retain the NABA title on Saturday in Boston, Mass. On the same card Gary O’Sullivan (30-3) knocked out Khiary Gray (16-5) in the sixth round of a middleweight contest. NABF light heavyweight titlist Charles Foster (18-0) won by technical knockout over Mike Jimenez (22-2-2) in the ninth round to retain the title.


IBF super featherweight titlist Tevin Farmer (29-4-1) hammered out a victory by unanimous decision over Ireland’s Jono Carroll (16-1-1) in a battle between southpaws on Friday March 15 at Philadelphia. It was Farmer’s third defense of the title since he won it back in August 2018.


 Martin Saldana (10-0) knocked out Joan Valenzuela (5-13-2) in the third round of their middleweight match on Friday March 15 at Montebello, California. Also, Michael Norato (7-0) defeated Luis Avila (8-17-3) by decision after six rounds in a lightweight bout.