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Katie Taylor to face former world title challenger this weekend


Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor


Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor is certainly not hanging around in her bid to become world champion.

The Bray fighter will face former world title challenger Milena Kolena at the Manchester Arena this Saturday, as she continues her race towards a world title shot of her own later this year in Dublin.

Irish boxing’s golden girl was set to fight Koleva at London’s 02 Arena on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s win over David Haye earlier this month, but Koleva was forced out and replaced by Monica Gentili.

"If I’m going to be targeting world title fights then I need to be progressing in every fight so I’m really excited about this weekend," said Taylor.

"I definitely think it will be a step up with the fight being scheduled for eight rounds and also the quality of the opponent.

"Koleva’s a good challenge for me at this point. I’ve watched some of her fights and she has been around the block, been in with some of the best girls in the world and always pushed them very hard so I’m expecting a tough fight.

"I headed back to the US the day after the last fight and got straight back into training and sparring for this one. I definitely feel like I’ve made some adjustments and improvements again in the last few weeks.

"You have to improve all the time because as you progress the fights are only going to get tougher and tougher. It’s been a busy time but I’m feeling very good and it’s great to have these opportunities."

Taylor is also set to be included on the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko card at London’s Wembley Stadium next month, with a record-breaking 90,000 tickets already sold for the heavyweight title showdown.

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