Sunday 19 August 2018

Katie Taylor world title fight to be confirmed for October in Wales

Ireland's Katie Taylor
Ireland's Katie Taylor

Sean McGoldrick

Katie Taylor will challenge for a World title in Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday, October 28th next.

The official announcement is expected next week when details of Anthony Joshua's first defence of his World heavyweight title is confirmed by Matchroom and Sky Television.

Once the mooted rematch between Joshua and former champion Wladimir Klitschko planned for Las Vegas was scuppered when the Ukrainian announced his retirement, the odds shortened on Joshua's first defence taking place in the Millennium Stadium which has a closed roof.

Katie Taylor boxed on the undercard of Joshua's memorable victory over Klitschko before a sell-out crowd of 90,000 at Wembley Stadium in the spring, and her backers want her on the bill again in October where she is likely to challenge for the WBA World lightweight title.

Two Argentinian fighters, Cecila Sofia Mena (10-1-1) and Anahi Esther Sanchez (16-2-0) fight for the vacant WBA belt in San Miguel, near Buenos Aires on Saturday night. Taylor, who has won her six professional bouts with consummate ease, is ranked number one by the WBA and also holds an international WBA title. She is likely to face the winner of the contest between Mena and Sanchez.

Originally Eddie Hearn from Matchroom had indicated that Taylor would challenge for the world title in Dublin in October/November, but his latest suggestion is for a homecoming fight in Dublin around St Patrick's Day.

There is also a possibility that provided both she and Joshua win in Cardiff, that they will fight again on the same bill in the US early in the new year as Sky are particularly anxious to promote them both in America.

Boxing News has reported that Joshua is likely to face Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in the Millennium Stadium, which has an official capacity of 74,500 – but could cater for close to 80,000 once seats are installed on the pitch.

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