sport news Katie Taylor proves to be too good for Natasha Jonas once again

Katie Taylor proves to be too good for Natasha Jonas once again as Irish fighter retains her world lightweight belts after coming through a thriller in Manchester on a narrow points win Katie Taylor retained her WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO lightweight belts on Saturday She claimed a narrow points win over Natasha Jonas in a thriller in Manchester It came nearly nine years on from their memorable Olympic clash in London  Taylor won en route to Olympic gold and the Irish fighter prevailed again here

By Riath Al-Samarrai for MailOnline

Published: 23:16 BST, 1 May 2021 | Updated: 23:16 BST, 1 May 2021

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She has beaten her in Bulgaria and London and now in Manchester, too.

In the deafening noise of an Olympic cauldron and in the silence of the Covid era, Katie Taylor has proven just a fraction too fast and too good for Natasha Jonas, but what a close-run thing. And what a brilliant fight.

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It truly was, with Taylor edging this battle of old rivals by a score of 96-94 on one card and 96-95 on two others. It was probably fair, and it was certainly indicative of a brutally tight contest.

Katie Taylor poses with Eddie Hearn and her belts after defeating Natasha Jonas in Manchester

Katie Taylor poses with Eddie Hearn and her belts after defeating Natasha Jonas in Manchester

The Irish fighter claimed a narrow points win over a familiar foe in a thriller in Manchester

The Irish fighter claimed a narrow points win over a familiar foe in a thriller in Manchester

You have to go back 10 years to their first fight in the amateurs, and nine to their ear-splitting quarter-final at London 2012, which put Taylor on a course towards an Olympic gold medal before the dawn of a professional career in which she has lifted women’s boxing to new heights.

She is a marvel of her sport, and indeed the holder of all four lightweight world belts, but she was pushed awfully close at the Manchester Arena.

Jonas, making her second attempt to win a world title, was on a mission. First, in overcoming a slow start to pull even with a couple of rounds to spare, and then in the thrilling

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