Sunday 18 August 2019

Taylor targets early finish in pay-per-view showdown

The former Olympic champion has her second pro fight this evening. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
The former Olympic champion has her second pro fight this evening. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Ciaran Gallagher

Katie Taylor insists she will not be working overtime tonight as she aims to dispatch Viviane Obenauf as quickly as possible at the Manchester Arena.

The former Olympic champion has her second pro fight this evening just two weeks after her successful paid debut, with Taylor's undercard bout against Obenauf set to be the live TV 'float bout' on a Sky Box Office fight bill.

That means a ringwalk time somewhere between 8-9pm and a slot high up on the pay-per-view TV bill topped by heavyweight Anthony Joshua's IBF world heavyweight title defence against Texan Eric Molina.

Taylor's bout is scheduled for six two-minute rounds, but the Bray woman does not plan on hanging around that long, despite the fact that her debut win - a third-round stoppage of Poland's Karina Kopinska - means that she has yet to go beyond the four-round distance she boxed at before turning pro.

"I'd be happy enough to stop her in the first round to be honest," said Taylor when quizzed on whether she would like to bag some more pro experience by going the distance. "I've been sparring six, eight and 10 rounds - three-minute rounds a lot of the time - so I am prepared for a tough six-round battle. But it's always nice to get the stoppage… I have the power to hurt these girls," added the 30-year-old, who dismissed concerns surrounding the quick turnaround between fights. I could have five or six fights in the space of a week in the amateur game," said Taylor. "They [her team] are talking about me having a busy year next year with five or six fights, but that's nothing for me really. The quick turnaround isn't a problem."

Meanwhile, Obenauf joked that she will not resort to any shock tactics in a bid to cause a major upset tonight. Quizzed on how she plans to upset the 1/200 favourite, the 25/1 underdog laughed: "With my fists - I won't bite her ear like Mike Tyson!"

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