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Katie to face WBO belt holder Rose


Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor will face WBO lightweight champion Rose Volanta in a world-title unification fight in Philadelphia next month.

The fight was announced yesterday on Twitter by Taylor's promoter, Eddie Hearn.

The Bray Bomber (32) currently holds the WBA and IBF lightweight championship belts and victory over the 36-year-old Brazilian will see her become the undisputed champion in the division.

The bout is due to take place on St. Patrick's weekend in the city of Brotherly Love.

"I'm over the moon to confirm contracts are signed for @KatieTaylor to unify against WBO champ Rose Volante on our big paddy's day weekend show in Philly in March. Full card announced soon - the road to undisputed is on," Hearn said in a tweet yesterday, which was retweeted by Taylor.

Last month, 2012 Olympic gold medallist Taylor improved her flawless professional record to 12 straight wins with a shutout points victory over the previously undefeated Eva Wahlstrom at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Sao Paulo fighter Volante has been WBO champion since December 2017 when she claimed the vacant title thanks to a majority decision away to Argentinian Brenda Karen Carabaja.

She has an unblemished pro record of 14 wins, including eight knockouts however, all but one of her professional fights have taken been in her native Brazil.