Tuesday 6 December 2016

What time, what channel and what's the format? Everything you need to know about Katie Taylor's professional debut

Published 26/11/2016 | 15:05

Katie Taylor is relishing her professional debut at Wembley on Saturday
Katie Taylor is relishing her professional debut at Wembley on Saturday

After a glittering amateur career, Katie Taylor makes her professional bow tonight in London.

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Here's everything you need to know about her big fight.

Where is it on?

The SSE Arena in Wembley, London.

What time is the fight?

Taylor’s clash with Kopinska is expected to get underway at 9.30pm on Saturday night, with full coverage live from the arena here on Independent.ie.

Where can I watch it?

Coverage starts at 8pm on Sky Sports 2.

What's the format?

The fight will consist of six two minute rounds.

What are the odds?

Katie Taylor: 1/100

Karina Kopinska: 16/1

Draw: 33/1

Who is Karina Kopinska?

Karina is a 27 year old Polish boxer.

She has fought 24 times, and has an average record (W7, D3, L14).

Her KO rate is 8%. She's ranked at 35 in the featherweight division, and is moving up in weight to take on Taylor.

Preview:

Katie Taylor is expected to begin her professional career with a win. Kopinska is a veteran, and may prove a tough test, but Taylor (30) enters the fight as the heavy favourite.

She will be hoping to win in style, but claims she's preparing for the fight to go the distance.

Quotes:

Katie Taylor - "Karina is an experienced pro and has been in with the best of them, some really top contenders, so it’s a good challenge for me and I feel better than ever."

Johnny Nelson- "Katie Taylor making her professional debut on a big bill is the best thing that could happen to British and Irish boxing."

Anthony Joshua - "I hope she (Taylor) can go on and fulfill her destiny."

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