Monday 16 September 2019

Katie Taylor to make Madison Square Garden debut as she puts world titles on the line on Canelo Alvarez undercard

20 October 2018; Katie Taylor following her WBA & IBF Female Lightweight World title bout against Cindy Serrano at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
20 October 2018; Katie Taylor following her WBA & IBF Female Lightweight World title bout against Cindy Serrano at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
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Katie Taylor will defend her IBF and WBA world lightweight titles against Eva Wahlstrom in New York on December 15.

Taylor's bout will take place on the undercard of the Canelo Alvarez vs Rocky Fielding fight for the WBA world super middleweight title.

The Olympic gold medalist is 11-0 since making her professional debut, with Taylor's latest fight set to be her first ever apperance at the historic Madison Square Garden arena in New York.

Wahlstrom will be a tough opponent, with the Finnish fighter unbeaten in 23 contests, with 22 wins and one draw.

The 38-year-old is the current WBC super featherweight champion, and is stepping up a weight class to fight Taylor.

Taylor has history with Wahlstrom from their time in the amateurs, with the Irish star also looking forward to stepping into the ring at the iconic New York venue.

"Eva is someone I know very well from our time in the amateurs," said Taylor.

"I was actually drawn against her in my very first international competition back in 2004 and it seemed like every time I turned up to a major competition after that she was in the draw.

"She was always a really tough opponent so it's no surprise that she's gone on to have a great professional career. I think this fight will really showcase the best that women's boxing has to offer and I'm really looking forward to it.

"I've been lucky enough to fight in some iconic venues since turning pro two years ago but I'm not sure there's any more iconic in a boxing sense than Madison Square Garden. I think every fighter dreams about stepping in the ring there and I'm no different. To get the opportunity to defend my World titles there is really very exciting."

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