Katie Taylor can emulate Anthony Joshua and Ronda Rousey, says Tony Bellew
By Dev Trehan
Last Updated: 28/03/17 8:04am
Tony Bellew insists Katie Taylor can mirror Anthony Joshua's success and have a bigger impact on women’s boxing than Ronda Rousey has had on UFC.
Joshua and Taylor both won gold medals at the London 2012 Olympics and Joshua needed just 16 fights in the paid ranks to become IBF heavyweight champion of the world.
Taylor demonstrated blurring hand speed in her eight-round demolition of former GBC world featherweight champion Milena Koleva on Saturday night as she eased to her fourth win since turning professional last October.
The Irish sensation said after the bout she is all but ready to challenge for a world title and Bellew thinks it will take a very special fighter to stop Taylor from dominating for years to come.
"I am a Katie Taylor fan," Bellew told Sky Sports.
"She's an absolute class act with the punches she throws and the variety in her shots. She is just the full package. She is a breath of fresh air and she is fantastic for the sport.
She is just the full package. She is a breath of fresh air and she is fantastic for the sport.
Tony Bellew on Katie Taylor
"She's not in it for the short haul she's in it for the long game, and when I see her, I'm looking at the Anthony Joshua of her weight division. She's going to be running this game real soon, she really is.
"She will become the face [of women's boxing] something like what we've seen with someone like Ronda Rousey in the UFC, but I think Ronda Rousey has done it over a short period.
"I believe someone like Katie Taylor is here for the long-haul. It's going to take somebody very, very special to dethrone her."