What time, what channel and what's the format? Everything you need to know about Katie Taylor versus Jasmine Clarkson
Katie Taylor will continue her march towards a world title fight on Saturday night as she returns to the ring to face Jasmine Clarkson on the undercard of Adrien Broner’s super lightweight clash with the undefeated Mikey Garcia.
Saturday's fight with Clarkson will see Taylor defend her WBA Intercontinental lightweight title for the first time in what will be the Bray native's sixth professional fight since turning pro last November.
A win this weekend would see the Olympic Gold medalist move one step closer to challenging for the WBA World female lightweight title, which is currently held by Uruguay’s Cecilia Comunales (14-1).
Here’s everything you need to know about the next big fight for the golden girl of Irish boxing.
Where is it on?
Barclays Center, New York City, New York, U.S..
What time is the fight?
Taylor’s clash with Clarkson is the third fight on the card and is expected to get underway around 1am with full coverage live from the arena here on Independent.ie.
Where can I watch it?
TV coverage starts at 1am on Sky Sports Action (Ch407).
What’s the format?
The fight will consist of eight two-minute rounds.
What are the odds?
Katie Taylor: 1/200
Jasmine Clarkson: 20/1
Who is Jasmine Clarkson?
Clarkson is a 22-year-old American fighter with an unheralded record of 4-8 with six losses from her last eight fights. She is a southpaw fighter who has had 11 fights since the start of 2015.
A win for Taylor would almost certainly set up a WBA lightweight title fight with Comunales later in the year. Clarkson is not expected to be as tough as Taylor's last opponent Nina Meinke, who was previously undefeated, with Taylor expected to make very light work of the Texas native.
Katie Taylor - “I feel like I’m still improving and still learning every day in the gym but I definitely feel ready for a World title fight now.
"Hopefully I can get another good win next weekend and win a World title later in the year before coming back to New York again at some point as a World Champion to defend my title."
Jasmine Clarkson - "It's a great opportunity to fight Katie on such a huge card. I know she was an Olympic fighter and I expect the fight to be an exciting fight. I thank Katie for accepting the fight."
Eddie Hearn (promoter) - “I’m so pleased to see Katie make her American debut on such an outstanding card.
"I believe Katie is the most entertaining and dangerous fighter in women’s boxing and has already lit up many venues in her professional journey, most recently Wembley Stadium on the Joshua v Klitschko card in front of 90,000.
"She is one of the biggest stars in Ireland and we are expecting fantastic support from the Irish community on the east coast for her first US experience.”
"It's a great opportunity to fight Katie on such a huge card. I know she was an Olympic fighter and I expect the fight to be an exciting fight. I thank Katie for accepting the fight."