Katie Taylor defended her WBA lightweight title after beating American Jess McCaskill on points.

Taylor topped a packed bill at York Hall after beating Anahi Sanchez for title back in October.

It was an uneventful fight in with McCaskill only troubling Taylor in the sixth.

The Irish fighter outboxed her American opponent despite being docked one point for holding in the seventh.

The judges scorecards at the end of the fight read 97-92 97-92 98-91 all in the favour of Taylor.

Speaking after the fight, Taylor realised it was a tough encounter.

It was probably the toughest fight of my career,

I had to be at my very best. I knew she was tough and I was prepared for that. I did what I had to do and I am delighted with another victory.

In terms of future plans for Taylor, she is hoping to unify the division and bring a fight to Dublin.

I would love to have a home fight in Dublin and unify the division,

I want to make history in this sport. This is the perfect end to a perfect year.

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