Katie Taylor Scores Historic Win over Victoria Bustos
For years, boxing has been considered a male-dominated sport, highlighted by the best of the best... of the best, sir. It is expected, especially with all of the legends that have passed through, that, a new era has emerged. Female fighters are not afraid to make chances, as long as they can help make a difference. Heather Hardy and Alicia Napoleon are examples of women looking to expand the role of a female fighter. Katie Taylor is another.
Taylor made history last night at the Barclays Center, her second time fighting in Brooklyn in nine fights. She defeated Victoria Bustos in an IBF/WBA Women’s Lightweight World Championship unification bout. The judges scored the contest 99-91, 99-91 and 98,92, all going to Taylor.
To start things off, Katie Taylor (9-0) came out to The Cranberries’ “Zombie”, a sign that we would be in for an entertaining night. At the opening bell, Katie was playing the aggressor, keeping Bustos (18-5) against the ropes. Her speed was showcased throughout the contest, as seen be her lighting fast hands. In the third round, fans saw the true power of Katie, as she landed several shots to Bustos’ face. Katie was one step of ahead of Bustos throughout the contest, and there was nothing she could do about it as the audience watched on.
It wasn’t until around the seventh round where Bustos got a whole new life. By round eight and nine it became a slugfest, but Bustos needed a miracle in order to top Taylor. Alas, it was all for naught, as she could not take down the Irish-born Taylor. Even with stiff shots to the face, Taylor’s chin was unbreakable.
With chants of “Olé” and “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”, the Pro –Taylor crowd at the Barclays grew louder as the later rounds hit and were absolutely ecstatic when Taylor was announced the winner.
It was truly a moment she will never forget. Speaking after the fight, Taylor was grateful for the opportunity. Not satisfied with just one belt added to her waist, she stated she is hungry for more.
It may not have been as big of an Irish crowd compared to when someone like Conor McGregor heads to town, bur their voices were clearly heard.
With that win, Taylor brings some stability to a division that could use some more exposure. Her goal, like Hardy and Napoleon, is to provide a true platform for female fighters to succeed. A dominating effort like the one she displayed last night is a great start.