Phil Egan
Phil Egan

09.33 15 Dec 2020


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Katie Taylor has been crowned the BWAA Female Fighter of the Year for the second year in a row after another impressive year in the ring.

The undisputed lightweight world champion beat Delfine Persoon on points in their much-anticipated rematch in August.

The 2012 Olympic champion followed that up with a convincing win over mandatory challenger Miriam Gutierrez in November.

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Both fights took place without fans amid the pandemic but it didn't stop Taylor from extending her unbeaten record to 17-0 in the professional ranks.

"It’s such an honour to be chosen twice," Taylor said.

"To win this award again is amazing. I’m hoping to be fighting in February or March of next year, and we’re not too sure who or where it will be, but I’m excited to be fighting again.

"Going into 2020, I was hoping this would be 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."

Taylor pipped Jessica McCaskill to the award and 2021 could see the two square off once again following Taylor's win over the American at York Hall in 2017.

McCaskill has gone from strength to strength since that defeat with the highlight a win over Cecilia Braekhus in August.

"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 of her titles against undefeated Miriam Gutierrez, who came in highly touted and was among The Ring’s top five lightweights.

"Katie beat her convincingly. Like I said, it was a tough vote this year, and I think you can also toss Mikaela Mayer and Terri Harper into the mix and say they had strong cases, too.

"It was a nice race, which shows where women's boxing is going these days."


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