Saturday 21 July 2018

Taylor in line for Dublin bout next year

 

WBA World Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor with her belt during a press conference at the Irish Film Institute, in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
WBA World Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor with her belt during a press conference at the Irish Film Institute, in Temple Bar, Dublin. Photo: Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

Sam Wheeler

Katie Taylor will make the first defence of her world title in England next month, topping the bill for the first time as a professional, ahead of an Irish homecoming for a unification bout next spring.

Her most likely opponent on the Friday, December 15 card is American Jessica McCaskill, who has been repeatedly 'calling out' the 2012 Olympic champion.

Taylor will be returning ahead of schedule having sustained a cut to her eye on Saturday night when beating Anahi Esther Sanchez to claim the WBA lightweight belt.

Taylor required three stitches, and her camp initially decided that she wouldn't fight again this year. However, the wound is not as serious as feared.

"This is exactly the way I want it - I love to stay busy and have a fight to focus on," said the 31-year-old. "Having the opportunity to headline a show is incredible, I can't wait."

She will become the first female to headline a card on Sky Sports.

The Dublin fight - "in March or April" will almost certainly be in the 3Arena.

Irish Independent

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