Katie Taylor gives referee no choice but to wave off Wembley eliminator
Make that 5-0.
Katie Taylor's breakneck sprint through the pro ranks continued on Saturday night as she battered Germany's Nina Meinke in a world title eliminator.
It's been just over five months since Taylor made her professional debut at Wembley Arena, which she claimed via a third round TKO.
The 30-year-old returned to Wembley this weekend, although it was the stadium this time that hosted the latest edition of Taylor's showcase of her skills in the shop window as she got the stoppage victory in the seventh round.
Taylor pressed the action against a very game Meinke, who looked much better matched in the early stages compared to Taylor's early opponents.
A familiar speed advantage was telling as the Irishwoman pushed Meinke backwards, reddening the left side of the considerable underdog's face.
Tremendously creative flurries often started with hooks to the body and finished with thudding rights up top as Meinke, a southpaw, struggled to keep up with the breathless pace of the Bray fighter.
An accidental headbutt, not seen by the referee, opened up a cut over Meinke's left eyebrow but there was no sympathy from the London 2012 gold medallist, who continued to pour it on en route to her fifth victory, and third within the distance.
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Credit to Meinke, who continued to answer the bell for each round, but referee Howard Foster saw enough midway through the seventh round.
The victory saw Taylor crowned the WBA female Inter-Continental lightweight champion but it will be world championship gold that she will be eager to get her whirlwind hands on.