Katie Taylor added another piece of history to her storied career in Manchester tonight as she outpointed Greece’s Christina Linardatou to land the WBO Super Lightweight World title and become a two weight World Champion.

Taylor boxed and moved stylishly for large spells of her highly-anticipated debut at 140lbs and, despite suffering a nasty swelling over her right eye early on in the bout she went on to earn a unanimous 96-94, 97-93 and 97-93 win to become only the third Irish boxer to win World titles in two weight classes.

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“I’m making history again,” said an emotional Taylor after her fight. “I’m breaking boundaries again and I’m a two-weight World Champion – and there’s still more to come. I thought I boxed beautifully on the outside and I didn’t get sucked into a fight.”

The win improves the Bray woman’s professional record to a perfect 15-0 and sets her up for a massive 2020 where she hopes to lineup a series of mega fights including clashes with Amanda Serrano, a Delfine Persoon rematch and a fight with undisputed Welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.

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