Friday 28 April 2017

Taylor to face 'Hell's baby' on Crolla card

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Independent.ie Sportsdesk

Milena 'Hell's Baby' Koleva has been confirmed as the opponent for Katie Taylor's next fight in England.

The Bray woman will meet the eastern European in her fourth pro bout on Anthony Crolla's World lightweight unification rematch with Jorge Linares at Manchester Arena on March 25.

Taylor stopped Italy's Monica Gentili in London earlier this month to improve to three wins and also improve her KO percentage to 63 per cent.

The London 2012 gold medallist would love to be at ringside at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day to support Michael Conlan on his pro debut, according to her team.

But the Wicklow orthodox is flying back from her training camp in Connecticut this weekend ahead of her six-rounder with Koleva.

The Bulgarian, who was replaced by Gentili for Taylor's last outing after she picked up a chest infection, has won nine of her 17 fights.

Taylor, Conlan and John Joe Nevin are the only Irish boxers to be ranked No 1 in their respective weights by the International Boxing Association (AIBA) - Nevin is in action 24 hours before Taylor in Philadelphia.

The unbeaten London 2012 silver medallist is slated to face Luis 'Popeye' Lebron for the vacant UBF International featherweight title in his ninth paid outing.

The Mullingar fighter has been in Philadelphia since March 2 and is going through a top training and sparring camp.

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