Katie Taylor has been ranked as the best pund-for-pound female boxer in the world for the first time in her professional career.
BoxRec — the respected website dedicated to updating records and rankings associated with the sport of boxing — released their revised pound-for-pound list on Friday, with Taylor usurping Delfine Persoon to the top of the pile.
The news comes following a successful 2018 for the Bray-native fighter, having kicked off the year by beating Victoria Bustos to unify the WBA and IBF World Lightweight titles.
The rest of the year consisted of Taylor successfully defending her straps, with wins over Kimberly Connor (TKO), Cindy Serrano and Eva Wahlstrom (both by unanimous decision) extending her record to 12-0.
Taylor is set to build on that with a busy 2019, with bouts against the likes of current WBC World Lightweight Champion Delphine Persoon — who Taylor now leads in the rankings by five points — WBO champion Rose Volante, Amanda Serrano and Cecilia Braekhus being lined up for later this year as she looks to unify the lightweight division.
The 32-year-old’s next bout is expected to take place on March 16th in Philadelphia, although her opponent is not yet known.