What time, what channel and what's the format? Everything you need to know about Katie Taylor versus Nina Meinke
Katie Taylor will continue her march towards a world title fight on Saturday night as she returns to the ring to face undefeated German fighter Nina Meinke on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s Heavyweight title clash with Wladimir Klitschko.
Saturday's fight with Meinke, for the WBA Intercontinental belt, will be Taylor's fifth professional fight since turning pro last November, and a win this weekend would see the Olympic Gold medalist challenge for the World Title belt, which is currently held by Uruguay’s Cecilia Comunales (14-0).
Here’s everything you need to know about the next big fight for the golden girl of Irish boxing.
Where is it on?
Wembley Stadium, London, England.
What time is the fight?
Taylor’s clash with Meinke is the second fight on the card and is expected to get underway way around 7pm with full coverage live from the arena here on Independent.ie.
Where can I watch it?
TV coverage starts at 6pm on Sky Sports Box Office with the full card available to order for €24.95 in the Republic of Ireland.
What’s the format?
The fight will consist of 10 two-minute rounds.
What are the odds?
Katie Taylor: 1/80
Nina Meinke: 14/1
Who is Nina Meinke ?
Meinke is a 23-year-old German fighter who boasts an undefeated record of 5-0 with back-to-back knockouts in her last two fights. Meinke had a decent amateur career although she never won a German amateur championship, losing twice in the finals, a far cry from Taylor's 2012 Olympic Gold medal and five AIBA World Championships.
A win for Taylor would see her set up a WBA intercontinental title fight with Comunales sometime in the near future. Meinke is expected to be a tougher test for the 30-year-old than Koleva was but Taylor is still widely expected to cruise her way to victory.
Katie Taylor - “These are the kind of fights I want, need actually, if I’m going to progress to a world title.
"It’s definitely going to be my toughest fight to date. I’m looking forward to the challenge. These are the fights I relish.
"You can’t really prepare yourself for this kind of event. I do love boxing in London I have great memories here obviously from the Olympics and my pro debut as well. This is just something very, very special and it’s an absolute privilege to be part of such a big event."
Eddie Hearn (promoter) - “We’re not here for any publicity stunts, we’re here to win belts and titles.
"We’ll do whatever we have to do to win the belts. To do this at Wembley, not just for Katie but for women’s boxing, to have a title fight on this card is massive.
"She’s ready for it… I think this fight will probably go the distance and if it does then we’ll be looking to go [fight] once more in the summer in the States and then we’re ready to pull the trigger for the world title in Ireland.
"Once she has 10 rounds under her belt she’ll have the confidence to challenge for the world title."
Joe Cordina vs Sergej Vib (4 x 3 mins Super-Featherweight Contest)
Katie Taylor vs Nina Meinke (10 x 2 mins WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight Championship)
Josh Kelly vs Faheem Khan (4 x 3 mins Super-Welterweight Contest)
Lawrence Okolie vs Russell Henshaw (4 x 3 mins Cruiserweight Contest)
Luke Campbell vs Darleys Perez (12 x 3 mins WBA World Lightweight Championship Eliminator)
Scott Quigg vs Viorel Simon (12 x 3 mins IBF World Featherweight Championship Eliminator)
MAIN EVENT: ANTHONY JOSHUA VS WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO