Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas RESULT: Irish champion retains undisputed titles after tremendous ten rounds of back-and-forth action

Katie Taylor defeated Natasha Jonas by a narrow unanimous decision to retain her undisputed lightweight titles on Saturday night in Manchester.

The fight lived up to all expectations and produced fantastic action for all ten rounds with the champion just about eking out a decision win.

Taylor vs Jonas was a brutal battle
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The fight began with Taylor jabbing well from distance while Jonas looked to counter punch.

Taylor upped the aggression in round two and landed effectively with combinations.

Jonas changed her approach in the third, no longer waiting and attempting to counter, but instead meeting fire with fire to good success.

Taylor adapted to this and found a home for some eye-catching single shots in rounds four and five.

Jonas was slightly hesitant in the opening couple of rounds
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As they passed the halfway point, the Irishwoman appeared firmly in control, but ‘Miss GB’ had a positive sixth.

In round seven, both boxers showed tremendous heart and Jonas appeared to be battling her way back into the contest.

The eighth was explosive again as Taylor now looked to be struggling to match Jonas’ aggression.

However, the challenger was tired in round nine and the champion’s accuracy was telling.

Taylor looked in trouble during some of the mid-to-late rounds, but finished strongly
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In the final round, they met in the centre of the ring and hurled heavy blows at one another, both remarkably refusing to wilt.

At the bell, nobody was certain who’d won, but the scorecards declared Taylor the victor by narrow unanimous decision – 96-94, 95-94, 95-94.

Taylor said post fight: “I had a bit of a slow start, but I thought I won the championship rounds and happily came out with a great win.

“It’s high quality boxing, skill, heart, grit, you have everything you need.

“We’ve been saying all week it could’ve been a headline fight, that shows why.”