Taylor: "I was hoping for even more, but this is only the start"

Taylor in sparkling form on her debut
Taylor in sparkling form on her debut

Katie Taylor has admitted she was felt a huge weight of expectation on her shoulders as she made her debut performance as a professional in London on Saturday night.

Taylor's thrilling third round stoppage of Polish challenger Karina Kopinska was the start of her adventure under the guidance of new promoter Eddie Hearn and the euphoric reaction to her performance in the arena and on social media suggests this story is about to take off.

Ever the perfectionist, the golden girl of Irish boxing admitted she wanted even more from her first display since her Rio Olympics heartache and as she held a joyous press conference with the assembled Irish media half an hour after her win, as she was already looking forward to her next date on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence in Manchester on December 10th.

“I was hoping for a first round knock-out to be honest,” Taylor said. "That girl has only been stopped once before, but she wasn’t really up to much.

“I was expecting a tough six round battle and I was ready for that, but it was a privilege to be in there and I can’t wait for the next fight now.

“There was an awful lot of pressure on me. I had that in my mind. I had to be more aggressive and over the last couple months with Ross I have been boxing a lot better than I have done for a long time and I think it showed in there.

“Hopefully this is the start. The dream would be boxing for the world title in Dublin, and hopefully that can happen next year."

UFC champion Conor McGregor led the chorus of praise of Taylor’s polished professional debut, as Brady was trending on Twitter for most of Saturday night: