Confirmed: Katie Taylor to fight for world title on Anthony Joshua under-card
Katie Taylor will challenge for the WBA World lightweight title in Cardiff's Principality Stadium on Saturday, October 28 it has been confirmed.
Details of the contest, which will be on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's defence of his unified World heavyweight title, have been confirmed by Matchroom's Eddie Hearn, her promoter. The fight will be shown on Sky Sports.
Taylor boxed on the undercard of Joshua's memorable victory over Wladimir Klitschko before a sell-out crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in the spring. As expected, she again shares the bill with Joshua, who defends his title against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.
Her opponent, 26-six-year-old Argentinian Anahi Esther Sanchez (17-2-0) won the vacant WBA belt in San Miguel, near Buenos Aires on Saturday night when she accounted for fellow countrywomen Cecila Sofia Mena. The contest was stopped in the sixth round.
Unquestionably, Sanchez is the most experienced fighter Taylor has faced so far in her career. Since turning professional in 2013, she has assembled a decent record and this will be her fourth world title fight.
Significantly, however, all her 17 wins were achieved on home soil and in her two fights in Europe, she lost world title fights in Helsinki in 2016 and in Paris last May – when she was stopped.
Taylor is bidding to become the third Irish female boxer to secure a world professional title.
In 1997 the pioneer of women's boxing in Ireland Deirdre Gogarty won the IBF featherweight title while Monaghan's Christina McMahon secured the WBC bantamweight title in 2015.
A crowd of near 80,000 will to pack the rugby stadium for the contest.