Katie Taylor is on the brink of her common goal of uniting the broken lightweight championship after stopping the Brazilian Rose Volante in the ninth round on Friday night in Philadelphia.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist, who entered the WBA and IBF titles at 135lbs, added Volante's WBO strap to her growing trajectory and immediately targeted Belgium's Delfine Persoon, the former kickboxer who holds the WBC belt.
Taylor (13-0, 6 KOs) confused her opponent with blinding combinations and a fluid back-and-forth movement, dropping Volante in the first round and never looking back at the Liacouras Center located on campus. Temple University.
The popular Irish champion nearly ended the fifth inning, severely injuring Volante with a punitive left hook before paying the penalty only for her opponent to be saved by the bell.
Volante (14-1, 8 KOs) showed a big heart but proved no match for Taylor's precise combinations, which broke him during the second half of the bout.
It ended in the ninth when what appeared to be a head shock opened a big cut on the bridge of Volante's nose, which prompted referee Benjy Esteves to signal for action.
"I thought the performance was excellent," said Taylor, who had 142 powerful shots on 276 (51%), compared to 78 out of 308 for Volante (25%). "Flying Rose is a very tough opponent. I knew she was coming to fight here. I think she's got the best of me here tonight. Tonight we really saw a beautiful showcase for women's boxing. "
She added: "[Volante] I had a little pop at the end of his punch, but I have a good chin and I can stay there and exchange punches with anyone. I also have the power to hurt these girls.
Subsequently, Taylor immediately turned his attention to the last piece of the undisputed title.
"Now we can start talking about this fight, Persoon," said Taylor, "This name has been evoked over the past two years.I have the three belts, it has the WBC belt, so we have to beat us again. "