Katie Taylor can turn into a two-weight world winner when she challenges Christina Linardatou to its WBO belt live on Sky Sports.
The Irish star was crowned as the undisputed lightweight winner after a hard-fought triumph over Delfine Persoon at June and now targets a domain in a higher weight class at Manchester Arena, together with Anthony Crolla’s farewell battle and Joshua Buatsi’s WBA light-heavyweight title eliminator from Blake Caparello.
Taylor is relishing her WBO title clash and fully intends to cement her status as the world’s greatest female boxer in the future.
“I had a number of my early pro struggles at the Manchester Arena and to come back in November and headline a card there a couple years on is great,” explained Taylor.
“It’s played host to some tremendous nights in boxing history so I’m honoured to be part of the tradition.
“It’s a new challenge in a new weight and something I am very excited about. I feel as though I have so much left to reach in the game and getting a two-weight world winner is among those goals.
“There are still numerous enormous battles out there for me such as the Amanda Serrano fight, a rematch with Delfine Persoon along with a fight with Cecilia Br??khus but the very first goal is November two and winning a second domain.
“I don’t have some problems making lightweight so I think I can move between the two weights. I always want to push myself and Christina is an excellent world champion, so it’ll be a huge test for me.”
But Linardatou, with 1 loss and 12 wins, believes she could inflict a first defeat Taylor.
“I plan on leaving England with my title,” she said. “If I need to knock on Katie Taylor outside as a way to retain the name, that’s what I’ll do.”
Mancunian Crolla returns to the scene of his triumph, a stoppage win Darleys Perez to earn the WBA belt in November 2015, after falling short against champion Vasiliy Lomachenko earlier this season along with also the 32-year-old will have one final struggle.
Buatsi recently ceased Ryan Ford in seven rounds but if receive a sterner struggle against Australian Caparello, a former world title challenger, who’s shared the ring with Andre Dirrell and Sergey Kovalev.
Felix Cash also defends his Commonwealth middleweight title and Gamal Yafai will take another step towards a name in the division.
“I am so pleased to be back in Manchester with this massive show,” said Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn.
“Katie Taylor has become established as one of the largest stars in world boxing and she bids to make more history by becoming a multi-weight world winner with challenging WBO super-lightweight winner Christina Linardatou.
“Hometown hero Anthony Crolla rolls out the dice one more time since he takes part in his final fight in the game in the arena that has functioned many epic Anthony Crolla nights.
“The stabilisers are away for Joshua Buatsi since he takes a massive step up against demanding Australian Blake Caparello at a WBA world title eliminator and there is a brilliant national middleweight battle between Commonwealth champ Felix Cash along with English champ Jack Cullen.
“There is plenty more beneath those four conflicts on what’s going to be a massive night of boxing”
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, stated:”We are absolutely delighted to be showing the very greatest female fighter in the world back to Sky Sports with this huge show. This is just another test for Katie Taylor because the unified champion takes on all comers and continues to cement her legacy in the sport.
“Katie is really a marvellous ambassador and inspiration for many and we’re delighted to be working so closely with her because we look to feature the very best in boxing and in women’s sport on Sky.”
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