Katie Taylor followed in the footsteps of Carl Frampton and Steve Collins to become only Ireland's third two-weight world champion with a unanimous points victory over Christina Linardatou.

In reality Taylor is following nobody but rather paving her own path through history, moving to 15-0 with this accomplished victory over her heavy-hitting Greek opponent.

The 33-year-old from Bray added the WBO super lightweight belt to her WBA, WBO, IBF, WBC and The Ring lightweight belts.

In her first outing since a gruelling and somewhat controversial split decision win over Delfine Persoon on 1 June, the 2012 Olympic gold medallist was cautious in the opening round as Linardatou charged out of her corner.

The second round was better from Taylor as she moved around the ring and showed her customary hand speed before moving again and making her opponent miss.

The Dominican Republic-born Linardatou was always looking for the big shot and slipped trying to land a haymaker in the third. Taylor was sticking and moving, not looking for a scrap, but Linardatou landed a punch above Taylor's right eye that quickly began to swell.

Taylor did not need to curry favour with the home crowd, but came to the ring to Oasis's Wonderwall. She had the full support of the Manchester Arena throughout and gave the crowd lots to cheer about in the fourth, landing a decent head shot.

Linardatou slips trying to land a punch on Taylor

She finally struck a combination later in the round, Linardatou switching stances and looking for openings but Taylor looked composed throughout the middle rounds.

By round six Linardatou was slowing and seemed intent on landing something really big. Her wild swings allowed Taylor to find space inside. Great combinations and hand speed had the Irish fighter on top - a cushion that would prove useful in the later rounds.

Linardatou landed a couple of big overhand rights in those later rounds as Taylor seemed content to stay out of trouble and not trade too much leather. 

In the final round Taylor was dancing out of trouble as Linardatou lost her gumshield again.

The crowd broke into 'Olé Olé Olé' but Linardatou landed two good shots on Taylor before the Irish fighter had the final say with a fine right at the bell.

The Wicklow woman raised her glove in celebration but had to wait for confirmation from the judges, which came in the shape of a 96-94, 97-93, 97-93 unanimous decision.

More history made.