What Conor McGregor said to Katie Taylor before world champion’s fight
Conor McGregor delivered Katie Taylor a pre-fight pep-talk before she successfully defended her world titles.
The former two-weight UFC champion was ringside at the TD Garden in Boston on Saturday night as Taylor cruised to victory over Cindy Serrano.
In doing so Taylor retained her WBA and IBF world titles and maintained her unbeaten record as a professional, and before walking to the ring, McGregor popped in to her dressing room.
"This will be my first time watching live, I’m very excited." he said. "You are a credit to our country, we’re all with you."
Turning to Taylor’s coach Ross Enamait, he added: "You’re doing a phenomenal job with her, we’re all proud of the two of you. I’ll see you after, I’m here for you Katie, just you."
McGregor also congratulated Taylor on her victory which came by three scores of 100-90 from the judges.
The 32-year-old has won all 11 fights since turning professional following a glittering amateur career.
But Taylor was disappointed not to stop Serrano, despite inflicting a first defeat in six years on the former world champion from Puerto Rico.
"It’s hard when someone is so defensive," she told Sky Sports. "I expected a tough fight but from the get-go she was on the back foot and there to survive the 10 rounds.
"I was trying to get the stoppage but I couldn’t connect with a clean shot. I was a bit careless at times and I couldn’t get the body shots off.
"It was fantastic [to fight in Boston]; the atmosphere was fantastic, it was like a homecoming fight for me."
McGregor later posted on Instagram : "What an honour to watch our very own Katie Taylor live tonight in Boston! This lady epitomizes hard work, passion, drive, and laser like focus! A motivating inspiration!
"Congrats Katie and coach @rosstraining ! Promoter Eddie Hearn and manager Brian Peters you both better be making sure our champion is looked after and guided fairly and correctly up that money tree as her activity is constant and consistent.
"This lady is an asset and should be treated as such. We are watching. Great work team Katie!"
In the main event, Demetrius Andrade dropped Walter Kautondokwa four times as he won the WBO middleweight title.
Late-replacement opponent Kautondokwa was outclassed throughout after he stepped in to replace Billy Joe Saunders who failed a drugs test earlier this month.
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