In Brief: Taylor lining up Jonas Dubai bout
THE World Trade Centre in Dubai will probably be the venue for Katie Taylor's next outing, according to her dad and coach.
Pete Taylor has lined up two fights for the Olympic and World lightweight champion in Dubai and Abu Dhabi for the end of January and beginning of February.
Taylor Snr said they wanted Liverpool southpaw Natasha Jonas, who Taylor Jnr beat in the last-eight of the 2012 Olympic Games, as an opponent for the UAE double-header.
"There are a few English boxers we are looking as opponents for the first fight and an American for the second," said Pete Taylor. "We want Natasha. She is a very talented boxer, and the Olympic quarter-final with Katie was one of the fights of the Games."
Taylor, who will go into 2014 for her eight consecutive year ranked No 1 in the World at 60kg, defends her World and European titles in the new year. "We been invited out (to UAE) by a hotel owner and it would be crazy not to use the invitation," added her father.
The World Trade Centre could be the venue for one of the fights, added Taylor Snr.
"The exact dates and the opponents have yet to be confirmed but the fights will definitely be going ahead in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. It is going to be a big year and these fights are part of the preparations."
Meanwhile, the International Boxing Association are due to confirm the host country for the 2014 World Elite Women's Championships next month. The tournament was slated for Canada next October but whether the tournament goes ahead there now remains to be seen.
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Federer said Edberg "agreed to work with us for at least 10 weeks starting at the Australian Open."
Federer refers to Edberg as his "childhood hero." Severin Luthi will continue to work with Federer, too.
In October, Federer split with coach Paul Annacone after three-and-a-half seasons together.
The Federer-Edberg announcement comes a little more than a week after Novak Djokovic hired Boris Becker as a coach. Andy Murray already had been working with Ivan Lendl.