Katie Taylor can turn into a world champion when she struggles Christina Linardatou for the WBO belt live on Sky Sports.
The Irish superstar has been crowned as the most lightweight champion following a hard-fought triumph over Delfine Persoon in June and now aims a world title in a higher weight class at Manchester Arena, together with Anthony Crolla’s farewell fight and Joshua Buatsi’s WBA light-heavyweight title eliminator from Blake Caparello.
Taylor plans to cement her position as the world’s greatest female fighter in the near future and fully is relishing her WBO title clash.
“I had some of my early pro struggles at the Manchester Arena and also to return in November and headline a card there a couple of years on is beautiful,” explained Taylor.
“It is played host to a big nights in boxing history so I’m honoured to be part of that tradition.
“It’s a new challenge in a new weight and something I’m quite excited about. I feel like I have so much left to reach in the sport and getting a two-weight world champion is among those aims.
“There are still so many huge battles out there for me such as the Amanda Serrano fight, a rematch with Delfine Persoon along with a struggle with Cecilia Br??khus however, the first aim is November two and winning another world title.
“I really don’t have any problems making lightweight so that I believe I could move smoothly between the 2 weights. I want to drive myself and Christina is a great world champion, so it’ll be a big test for me personally.”
But Linardatou, with 12 wins and 1 reduction, believes she could inflict a crushing first defeat Taylor.
“I intend on leaving England with my name,” she explained. “If I need to knock Katie Taylor out to be able to keep the name, that’s what I will do.”
Mancunian Crolla yields to the scene of his victory, a stoppage win to earn the WBA lightweight belt in November 2015, this year after falling short against unified winner Vasiliy Lomachenko and also the 32-year-old will have one final struggle.
Buatsi stopped Ryan Ford in seven rounds at The O2, but if be given a sterner challenge contrary to Australian Caparello, a former world title challenger, who’s shared the ring with Sergey Kovalev and Andre Dirrell.
Felix Cash defends his Commonwealth middleweight title against English Champion Jack Cullen and Gamal Yafai will take the next step towards a significant title in the featherweight division.
“I am so happy to be back in Manchester with this huge show,” explained Matchroom Boxing manager Eddie Hearn.
“Katie Taylor is now established as one of the greatest stars on earth boxing and she bids to make more history by turning into a multi-weight world champion with hard WBO super-lightweight champion Christina Linardatou.
“Hometown hero Anthony Crolla rolls the dice one more time because he takes a part in his final battle in the sport in the arena that has hosted many epic poem Anthony Crolla nights.
“Even the stabilisers are off for Joshua Buatsi since he takes a massive step up against demanding Australian Blake Caparello at a WBA world title eliminator and there’s a brilliant national middleweight conflict between Commonwealth champ Felix Cash and English champ Jack Cullen.
“There’s plenty more under those four fights on what will be a massive night of boxing”
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, stated:”We’re totally thrilled to be showing the best female boxer in the world back to Sky Sports on this enormous show. This is yet another test for Katie Taylor since the lightweight champion continues to cement her extraordinary legacy and takes on all comers.
“Katie is a marvellous ambassador and inspiration to so many and we’re thrilled to be working closely with her as we seem to feature the very best in boxing and in women’s sport on Sky.”
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