Monday 24 June 2019

What time and what channel - everything you need to know about Katie Taylor's title defence against Eva Wahlstrom

Unified champion Katie Taylor was impressive in New York. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Unified champion Katie Taylor was impressive in New York. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Sean McGoldrick

Here's all the information you need ahead of Katie Taylor's latest professional bout.

What’s at stake?

Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF lightweight world titles for the third time against Finnish boxer Eva Wahlstrom who is unbeaten in her 23 professional fights and is the current WBC super featherweight world champion.

Taylor is the first Irish boxer to defend world titles in the iconic Madison Square Gardens on a show headlined by newly crowned World middleweight champion Canelo Alvarez who is bidding to become a two weight World champions against current WBA super middleweight title holder Rocky Fielding who hails from Liverpool.

Who is Eva Wahlstrom?

The 38-year old Finnish fighter boasts a 22-0-1 record in professional boxing. Just three of her wins have been achieved inside the distance and all have been in the super featherweight division – a weight division below the 60kg lightweight category.  This is her first fight outside her home country.  During her amateur career when she fought as a lightweight and lost to Taylor on four occasions including the European championship final in 2005 when the Bray boxer won her first gold medal in an international championship.

What channel is the fight on?

Sky Sport Main Event, 11pm Saturday. It is expected that the Taylor v Wahlstrom fight will be the first to be shown live.

What Katie says:

“I have 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 boxing than Madison Square Garden. I think every fighter dreams about stepping into the ring there and I’m no different. To get the opportunity to defend my world titles there is really very exciting.”

What Eva says:

“I have the greatest respect for Katie, who has remained her respectable, nice, down-to-earth personally despite all the success and fame. Thus, I am not going to do any trash-talking, but I am very ready to do some thrashing in the MSG ring.”

What the Bookies say:

Taylor is 1/40 to maintain her unbeaten record and make it 12 wins on the spin while Wahlstrom is the complete outsider at 12/1.

What’s next for Katie:

Assuming she keeps her titles, she is set for have some mega contests in 2019 beginning with a possible reunification fight against WBC lightweight belt holder, Rose Volante from Brazil and a clash against Amanda Serrano, a six belt World champion.

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