What time, what channel and what's at stake? Everything you need to know about Katie Taylor vs Rose Volante
Katie Taylor takes on Rose Volante in Philadelphia on March 15 - here is everything you need to know about the fight.
What’s at stake?
Katie Taylor defends her WBA and IBF lightweight world titles for the fourth time as well as aiming to add the WBO belt to her collection in this unification clash against Brazilan Rose Volante, who is unbeaten in her 14 professional fights and has been WBO champion since December 2017.
Taylor is also bidding to become the first Irish boxer to hold three world belts simultaneously in the four-belt world champion era. The show is being headlined by local hero Tevin Farmer, who defends his IBF super featherweight title against unbeaten Dubliner Jono Carroll. London Olympic silver medallist John Joe Nevin also features on the show.
Who is Rose Volante?
The 34-year-old fighter hails from Sao Paulo and is known professionally as the Rose Queen. Ranked fifth in the world in the lightweight division, she boasts 14 wins since turning pro in 2014. She has only boxed once outside her native country – when she won the world belt in Argentina on a split decision in December 2017 and at least half her wins have been achieved against unheralded opponents.
What channel is the fight on?
The fight will be shown live on Sky Sport Main Event in Ireland on Friday night/Saturday morning at 1.30am approximately. The contest will also be shown live on the DAZN streaming network in the United States.
What Katie says:
"This could be a monumental year for me, the biggest of my career both amateur and pro. I believe that by the end of the year I can look back at being the undisputed lightweight champion and have had huge fights with Amanda (Serrano) and Cecilia (Braekhus). They want those fights as well, but I have to keep winning and everyone raises their game when they fight me.
"My speed is going to be key in these big fights and I think that technically I am better than a lot of the other girls as well. I feel I have a great team around me, the best coach in the world in Ross Enamait, I feel so prepared going into every fight. But each one is harder than the last and I am aware of that, but I have a lot of confidence and belief in myself, I really feel that no-one can beat me."
What Rose says:
"My dream is to unify all the titles; this is the biggest fight of my career. Friday night we'll see who is the best lightweight in the world."
What the Bookies say:
Taylor is 1/50 to maintain her one hundred percent record and make it 13 wins on the spin while Volante is the complete outsider at 12/1. The draw is priced at 25/1. It's 3/10 that the fight will go the distance while Taylor is 1/3 to win on points and 5/2 to win by KO and TKO.
What’s next for Katie?
Assuming she leaves Philadelphia with three belts, she is likely to have three mega bouts in 2019 including the first ever million dollar women's professional fight. Next up is a lightweight unification bout against the long-time WBC champion Delfine Persoon, which has been pencilled in for Madison Square Garden in New York on June 1.
Then there is a potential autumn clash possibly, in Brooklyn, New York against Amanda Serrano, a seven-belt world champion, and finally a pre-Christmas showdown against the undisputed welterweight world champion Cecilia Braekhus, who is unbeaten in her 35 fights.
Who else is on the card?
If you fancy staying up late, than Ireland's Jono Carroll has a World Title shot at IBF super featherweight champion Tevin Farmer after Katie's fight.