Monday 24 July 2017

Taylor will have 'no bother' winning

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Taylor, who is due home from her USA training camp with Ross Enamait this weekend, will meet the Pole on her professional debut in London on Saturday week. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
Taylor, who is due home from her USA training camp with Ross Enamait this weekend, will meet the Pole on her professional debut in London on Saturday week. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Monaghan's Christina McMahon believes Karina Kopinska won't pose any problems for Katie Taylor at Wembley Arena on November 26.

Taylor, who is due home from her USA training camp with Ross Enamait this weekend, will meet the Pole on her professional debut in London on Saturday week.

Kopinska has vowed to test the 2012 Olympic champion, but her record - she has won just seven of her 24 outings - suggests otherwise.

She did, however, go the distance with WBC super-featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom, who Taylor has beaten in the amateur ranks, in 2014.

One of Kopinska's losses was on points to McMahon in Dundalk in 2013 and the Monaghan fighter said: "I think Katie will have no problem with Karolina. I fought her at a stone lighter, at bantamweight.

"Katie will box at super-featherweight. If a super-flyweight (McMahon's normal weight) can go eight rounds (with her), this will be no bother for a super-featherweight."

Meanwhile, a new name will be on the lightweight title for the first time in more than 10 years at the European Women's Elite Championships this month.

Taylor, who first won the belt in 2005, would have been aiming for her seventh successive gold medal in Sofia if she hadn't joined the pro ranks.

She's been replaced by Shauna O'Keefe on the Irish team.

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