By Thomas Gerbasi
Barclays Center, Brooklyn - Dominant throughout, 2012 Olympic gold medalist and WBA lightweight champion Katie Taylor added another world title belt to her collection, scoring a lopsided 10-round decision over Victoria Bustos to take the Argentinean's IBF title.
Scores were 99-91 twice and 98-92 for Bray?s Taylor, now 9-0 with 4 KOs. Rosario's Bustos falls to 18-5.
Taylor stalked Bustos from the opening bell, putting the Rosario native on the defensive immediately. And as soon as the two exchanged, Taylor's speed advantage was evident, putting even more pressure on Bustos to come up with a response.
In round three, Bustos started opening up a little more, but Taylor was usually gone before anything serious landed. Meanwhile, the Irish sharpshooter continued to pile up the points as the bout approached the midway point.
With Taylor unbothered by Bustos' power, she started unloading more power shots in rounds five and six. And while Bustos wasn't fading, her offensive output was, a bad sign considering that Taylor wasn't slowing down.
Bustos had a solid round seven as she aggressively pursued her foe, but Taylor was still winning the exchanges, leaving Bustos in the position where she had to look for a knockout in the closing rounds.
Landing several close range uppercuts in round eight, Bustos was not about to break, but Taylor embraced the battle and fired back with shots down the middle. Bustos would make a courageous last stand in the tenth, but Taylor remained a step ahead, winning the exchanges that thrilled the crowd as the final seconds ticked away.