Saturday 16 December 2017

Katie Taylor set for world title fight on Joshua undercard despite Klitschko exit


Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor. Photo: Sportsfile

Ciarán Gallagher

Katie Taylor's world title date is still likely to take place on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's next bout, with the fight bill expected to take place in Cardiff or Las Vegas in October or November.

Former Olympic champion Taylor recorded her sixth professional victory last weekend, forcing Texan Jasmine Clarkson to retire after three rounds in Brooklyn.

Promoter Eddie Hearn and manager Brian Peters then floated the idea of a November world title challenge for the Bray woman on the undercard of a much-anticipated world heavyweight title rematch between Joshua and Klitschko in Vegas.

Klitschko's retirement yesterday has scuppered those plans, but it is understood that Joshua's team and Hearn are now assessing contingency plans. And it appears that either Cardiff's Millennium Stadium or Las Vegas' T Mobile Arena will host Joshua's next fight.

The Londoner is obliged to fight Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev - his mandatory challenger - if he wants to retain his IBF portion of the world championship.

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It is believed that Taylor's team and Hearn remain keen on installing the Irishwoman on the undercard of Joshua-Pulev with an October 28 Cardiff date most likely, although a November 11 fight bill in Vegas remains an option as Matchroom had teed up logistical arrangements ahead of the anticipated Klitschko bout.

It is not yet certain which women's world lightweight champion Taylor will challenge when she does get a title shot, although that the 31-year-old looks set to aim for the WBA title holder, having gained a world ranking with that governing body following her win over Nina Meinke at Wembley in April.

Irish Independent

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