20/04/2024

Following a split decision loss in October, Taylah Robertson aims to bounce back against Kylie Fulmer on December 4. (Photo: Tasman Fighters/Facebook)

Following her first professional loss in October, Taylah Robertson is wasting no time getting back to work, starting with the first defence of her Australian title on December 4.

In her short professional career to date, Taylah Robertson (3-1, 1 KO) has already made a serious splash in the Australian boxing landscape.

The impact has not been caused by wading in the waters that the majority of fighters find themselves in, however. Instead, it has come about by a head-first dive into the deep end of the pool, among the best competition available.

Even though she fell short of champion Shannon O’Connell (22-6-1, 10 KOs) in their Commonwealth Bantamweight title bout in October, the 23-year-old acquitted herself in great fashion in the split decision loss.

Tasting defeat for the first time has not discouraged Robertson from chasing her goals, though. Rather, it has served as motivation to continue taking tough challenges.

“My team and I believe in my ability to win these fights,” Robertson told The Inner Sanctum.

“I’d rather be having these hard fights instead of wasting two years of my career fighting people who I can just obliterate, who have never fought before.

“If I can’t be having these tough fights in Australia, then what am I going to be doing on the World stage.

“I feel like I can fast track my career if I can have these harder fights and develop, learn and adapt as a fighter.”

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Despite a turn around time of just over one month, the talented prospect is set to take on knockout artist Kylie Fulmer (7-1, 6 KOs) at Tasman Fighters’ Super Saturday event on December 4.

Again, it is a challenge against a much more experienced counterpart.

Although there is a difference in total fights, the hunter will become the hunted, so to speak. Over eight rounds, Robertson will defend her Australian Bantamweight title for the first time since capturing the belt in June.

While she will enter the ring as the champion, it is an underdog mentality that still occupies her psyche. Unwilling to rest on her laurels, the 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medallist is far from content with the level she has reached.

“I always put myself as an underdog in my head. I feel like I always try better when I feel like I’m not the champ,” Robertson revealed.

“I’m the current champion in this one, but I still place myself as if I’m the one wanting the belt.

“I don’t ever want to become complacent being the champion. Even if I was the unified World champion, I’d still be wanting to fight like I’m wanting those belts.

“Even though it’s not the reality of it, it’s the way I do it. I just put myself in that headspace.”

With the O’Connell contest fresh in her mind, Robertson is now eager to apply the lessons taken from the loss into her upcoming bout.

Of them, increasing the volume of offensive output is high on the agenda.

Cognisant of her sharp defensive skills, the Townsville product acknowledges that throwing combinations at a more consistent rate is an area of potential improvement going forward.

To this end, Robertson is determined to make pressure the order of the day against Fulmer and will not be shy of capitalising on any openings that are presented to her.

“I actually want to push the pace a lot more. It was a lesson I learned from my last fight,” Robertson said.

“Being my first big fight against a very experienced opponent, I was being cautious to not get caught with anything stupid. I think that made me hesitate in being aggressive.

“If I’m feeling comfortable, I’m going to pick it up a gear. That’s been the lesson going into this fight now, to take every opportunity I see.

“I want to start creating a bit more damage in the ring.”

Taylah Robertson vs Kylie Fulmer is part of Tasman Fighter’s Super Saturday card scheduled for December 4 and will air live on Fox Sports/Kayo.

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