Katie Taylor eyes Sánchez scalp and a Dublin homecoming as a champion | Kevin Mitchell

The versatile Dubliner can take the WBA lightweight crown in just her seventh professional bout with victory against Argentina’s Anahi Sánchez on the Anthony Joshua undercard in Cardiff

For more than a decade, Katie Taylor was widely and justifiably regarded as the most formidable operator in women’s boxing, amateur or professional. She collected 18 gold medals across the spectrum of her sport at European and world level, with the 2012 London Olympic Games a high point, and there was hardly a rival who could lay a glove on her, sometimes literally.

Indeed, given her concurrent proficiency as a footballer for the Republic of Ireland national team, the Dubliner could lay claim to being among the best all?round female athletes in the world, a smiling, humble star from a small island who ran out of mountains to climb.

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