Jessica McCaskill overwhelms Alma Ibarra to earn early stoppage

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Jessica McCaskill never gave her challenger much of a chance.

The undisputed welterweight champion sought a knockout from the opening bell, winging hard, wild punches that repeatedly rocked Alma Ibarra and convinced the Mexican’s cornermen to stop the one-sided fight after three rounds.

McCaskill (12-2, 5 KOs) buckled the knees of Ibarra (10-2, 5 KOs) about a minute into the opening two-minute round, which convinced Ibarra it was best to hold the champion whenever she was inside.

The tactic didn’t help much, as McCaskill still managed to land more punishing right hands and a big left hook in Round 3 that might’ve convinced the challenger’s cornermen that enough was enough.

Her trainer stopped the fight over her objections before the start of the fourth round.

McCaskill has now won seven consecutive fights since her lone loss to Katie Taylor in 2017.

McCaskill said after the fight on Saturday that she wants to move down a  more natural 140 pounds to face unified titleholder Chantelle Cameron of England.