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two-in-a-row Katie Taylor 'honoured' to win female fighter of the year.... again


Katie Taylor has won female boxer of the year yet again

Katie Taylor has won female boxer of the year yet again

Katie Taylor has won female boxer of the year yet again

Katie Taylor has been named Female Fighter of the Year by the Boxing Writers' Association of America for the second year in a row.

“It’s such an honour to be chosen twice, “ said Taylor. “To win this award again is amazing.”

While the award named after the famous female pro fighter Christy Martin is just four years in existence Taylor, the current undisputed lightweight World champion, is the first boxer to retain it.

Interestingly the equivalent male award – the Sugar Ray Robinson Fighter of the Year – which has been in existence since 1938 has only been retained three times: Muhammad Ali 1974 and 1975 – when he shared it with Joe Frazier; Evander Hollyfield 1996/1997 and Manny Pacquiao 2008/2009.

Taylor, who also tops the BWAA’s best pound for pound ranking list, held of the challenge of former opponent Jessie McCaskill to win the Christy Martin trophy.

McCaskill became the new undisputed welterweight World champion in August when she handed a first defeat of a previous BWAA Fighter of the Year Cecilia Braekhus on a majority decision.

The 34-year-old Bray fighter had just two fights in 2019 defeating Delfine Persoon in their much-anticipated rematch before retaining her five world belts against WBA mandatory challenger Miriam Gutierrez in November.

“It was a tough decision between Katie and Jessica,” said Thomas Gerbasi, chairman of the BWAA women’s seven-person selection committee.

“In fairness, the McCaskill-Braekhus fight was very close, while Katie beat Delfine Persoon the second time more convincing than she did the first time, and Delfine has long been on the pound-for-pound list.

“Then, Katie defended all her titles against undefeated Miriam Gutierrez, who came in highly touted and was among The Ring’s top five lightweights. Katie beat her convincingly.”

Taylor, who is currently enjoying a break in her home in Bray said she hoped to be back in action in February or March of next year. “I’m not too sure who or where it will be, but I’m excited to be fighting again.

“Going into 2020, I was hoping it would a good year for me. I was happy to finish off the year fighting my mandatory and I’m delighted to finish my year off strong. I always go into every year trying to make huge strides in the sport.”

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Meanwhile, Amanda Serrano – who was to have fought Taylor earlier this year before pulling out of the contest when it was rescheduled for Eddie Hearn’s estate in Essex – returns to the ring for the first time since last January on Wednesday night in the Dominican Republic.

Serrano takes on an Dahiana Santano. It is a repeat of a 2017 clash which Serrano won inside the distance.

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