Sunday 30 April 2017

Katie Taylor set for fourth pro bout on undercard of Manchester world title fight later this month

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist methodically wore down 39-year-old Italian Monica Gentili before dropping her following a barrage of left hooks 90 seconds into the fifth round of their scheduled six-rounder at London’s O2 Arena. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire
The 2012 Olympic gold medallist methodically wore down 39-year-old Italian Monica Gentili before dropping her following a barrage of left hooks 90 seconds into the fifth round of their scheduled six-rounder at London’s O2 Arena. Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire

Sean McGoldrick

Katie Taylor’s fourth professional fight has, as anticipated, been confirmed for the Manchester Arena on Saturday, March 25 against a yet to be named opponent.

The fight will be on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s world lightweight title unification rematch against Jorge Linares and it will be shown live on Sky Sports.

The Olympic gold medallist fought at the venue in December when she outpointed Brazilian born Vivienne Obenauf in her second professional fight.

Last Saturday night in London’s O2 Arena, Taylor maintained her unbeaten professional record when she stopped Italian Monica Gentili in the fifth round of their scheduled six rounder on the undercard of the heavyweight contest between Tony Bellew and David Haye.

Taylor returned to her base in the US in Connecticut on Sunday and has already resumed training in preparation for the contest.

“The Linares Crolla fight rematch is a brilliant fight and another massive event," Taylor said.

"It was a great atmosphere at the O2, but every fight is a big one. You can’t afford to slip up in the pro game; so every fight is like an Olympic final.

"Saturday was the first time as a pro that I had a proper camp. I got great sparring in America with seasoned pros every day.  So I am learning all the time and I feel more than ever that the pro game is suited for me.

"The body work was good and overall it was a very effective performance and getting a stoppage over a durable girl like that was the icing on the cake."

There is no indication yet whether the fight will again be over six rounds or if it will be extended to eight. World championship bouts in women’s pro boxing are decided over ten rounds and Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn has indicated that he hopes the Bray pugilist will fight for a world belt in Ireland this year – possibly in September.

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