Saturday 15 December 2018

Katie Taylor and Victoria Noelia Bustos weigh in ahead of unification showdown in New York

Katie Taylor, left, and Victoria Bustos square off after weighing in
Katie Taylor, left, and Victoria Bustos square off after weighing in

Sean McGoldrick in New York

All the formalities have been completed and it's all systems go for tomorrow night's World lightweight unification showdown between the WBA title holder Katie Taylor and the IBF challenger Victoria Noelia Bustos from Argentina.

American US boxing superstar Clarissa Shields was among the attendance at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for today's weigh-in.

The 2012 Olympic gold medalist weighed in at 134.4lbs while Bustos – who is fighting outside Argentina for the first time – registered 134.2 lbs on the scale – both comfortably inside the 135lb limit.

Neither looked interested in trying to intimidate each other in the face-off, though Bustos appeared more relaxed as she flashed a victory sign to the photographers.

This is the second time that the Bray pugilist was fought in the Barclays Centre. She made her US debut at the venue last summer securing a facile win over Jasmine Clarkeson who retired after the three rounds.

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There was extremely tight security at the venue for what is traditionally a low key event. Perhaps this was a throw-back to the recent violent incidents at the venue following a weigh-in for a UFC show which resulted in Ireland's Conor McGregor been subsequently charged in a New York court with assault and criminal mischief.

But there was no sign of any handcarts. The show features a top of the bill showdown between local hero and former World middleweight champion Daniel Jacobs - who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, in 2011 - but made a full recovery - and the unbeaten Maciej Sulecki from Poland.

Taylor and Jacobs are both managed by Eddie Hearn's Matchroom organisation. While Jacobs' fight will be shown live on the HBO channel in the UK and Ireland, Taylor's second defence of her lightweight crown belt will only be shown live on Sky Sport on this side of the Atlantic.

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