Monthly Archives: April 2017

Katie Taylor wins first pro title, ready for more gold

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions.

Rising boxing star, Olympic gold medalist and Ireland’s pride and joy, Katie Taylor, took the first big step in her professional boxing career.

Less than one year after her inaugural professional fight, Taylor returned to Wembley Stadium April 29 to defeat WBC youth female super featherweight champion Nina Meinke for the WBA female Inter-Continental lightweight title in a 10-round affair – marking the first 10-round contest of Taylor’s career.

Fighting on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko heavyweight title main event, Taylor dominated much of the fight with her aggressiveness and combinations. She stopped Meinke in the seventh round to capture her first professional boxing title for her already impressive trophy case.

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Your fingerprints can’t be wiped away from the little marks of kindness that you left behind

Be kind to yourself when you struggle

Always find time for the things that make you happy to be alive

Use your voice for kindness, your ears for compassion …

Look for something positive every day

Welcome to Bellator MMA Valerie Letourneau

Note: This is a column I wrote for Champions

It’s official fight fans, longtime mixed martial arts Canadian competitor Valerie Letourneau is coming to #BellatorMMA.

After a week of speculation – partially fueled by Letourneau’s appearance at Bellator 178 – the promotion announced her as one of the several recently signed fighters who will compete in their women’s flyweight division. Letourneau confirmed the signing on Twitter.

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