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George Flood

Katie Taylor outpoints Karen Elizabeth Carabajal to retain undisputed lightweight titles

Undisputed: Katie Taylor remains in possession of all the belts at lightweight

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Katie Taylor successfully defended her undisputed women’s lightweight titles again with a comfortable victory over Karen Elizabeth Carabajal.

‘The Bray Bomber’ retained all the belts at 135lbs for the seventh time at London’s Wembley Arena on Saturday night, producing a typically dominant display to win via unanimous decision.

It was Taylor’s first bout since her incredible split-decision defeat of unified featherweight champion Amanda Serrano on a record-breaking night at Madison Square Garden back in April, with a homecoming fight in her native Ireland now top of the agenda.

Argentina's Carbajal, 32, from Buenos Aires, proved a worthy challenger, but lost for the first time in 20 fights after coming second best in all departments.

Taylor, who turned professional in 2016, showed superior hand speed, footwork and greater accuracy, and pressed home her advantage in the second half of the bout.

Carbajal felt the full weight of Taylor's punches in round five as the Irishwoman's timing improved and a left-right combination had the South American grimacing.

Taylor displayed her full range of skills in the seventh round and underlined her superiority with three more unanswered punches. In the eighth, Carbajal was knocked off balance by two quick left hooks.

Carbajal came out swinging in the penultimate ninth round and was cut on the right side of her face following an accidental clash of heads.

Taylor had the fight won heading into the final round, but in typical fashion chased a grandstand finish as two looping right hands jolted her opponent, who was ultimately outclassed.

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