Monday 23 October 2017

Taylor wary of Koleva's quality

Katie Taylor celebrates after winning her super-featherweight bout against Monica Gentili at the O2 Arena in London earlier this month. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Sportsfile
Katie Taylor celebrates after winning her super-featherweight bout against Monica Gentili at the O2 Arena in London earlier this month. Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Katie Taylor believes that battle-hardened Milena Koleva will provide her with a real test when they meet over eight rounds in the Manchester Arena on Saturday night.

Koleva, nicknamed 'Hell's Baby', has won nine of her 17 fights. However, her record is deceptive as she's shared the ring with some top opponents.

Earlier this year, Koleva suffered a TKO in the ninth round of her tilt for the IBF super-featherweight title by French defending champion Maiva Hamadouche.

"Koleva is a good challenge for me at this point. I've watched some of her fights and she has been in with some of the best girls in the world and always pushed them very hard," said Taylor, who has strolled to victory in her first three fights as a pro.

"If I'm going to be targeting world title fights then I need to be progressing in every fight," added the Bray woman.

Meanwhile, Jason Quigley will be aiming for his first pro title when he takes on Glen Tapia for a North American belt live on ESPN in Indio, California, tonight.

Tapia is a noted warlord who has won 23 of his 26 outings. However, Donegal middleweight Quigley, who is signed with Golden Boy of the USA, won't back down against the New Jersey-born battler.

"If Tapia wants a war, I'll give him a war. Winning this fight will bring me one step closer to making my dream of being a world champion come true," said Quigley, who has won his first 12 paid fights.

Irish Independent

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