Katie Taylor is looking forward to putting on a show against Kimberly Connor, but admits the American is just another step along a much bigger journey.
The IBF and WBA world lightweight champion’s fight with the American plays out on another big PPV card, but hasn’t been surrounded with the same kind of hype as some of her previous bouts.
The Bray sensation is fulfilling her mandatory obligations and there is a ‘keep busy’ feel to the affair which has been added to by the fact Taylor has announced an October 6 Chicago fight date with Cindy Serrano.
The 2012 Olympic gold medalist claims she has trained like a challenger for the Connor defence, but stresses she has bigger fish to fry at lightweight and in boxing in general.
Taylor has a burning desire to unify the division and wants fights with WBO champ Rose Valante and WBO title holder Delfine Persoon as soon as possible.
“Kimberly is my mandatory challenger and I cannot wait to get in there and showcase my skills again, hopefully with an impressive performance,” Taylor said at Thursday’s London hosted press conference.
“I have big dreams and big goals. I would love to become the undisputed champion. There’s two more belts to go and I’m very, very hungry for them.
“I have the WBA and IBF belt but that’s only the start for me. I hope to be the undisputed champion soon and the next few months are going to be really exciting for me.”
Connor reveals she is coming to ruin those unification plans. The fighter, who previously promised to bring real grit and fight to Saturday’s bout is aware she is the underdog, but will do all she can to unbuckle the WBA and IBF belts from around the waist of Taylor.
“This is a whole new World for me coming over here and being involved in such a huge show. Katie has accomplished a lot and I have huge respect for her. I’m really looking forward to fighting her. I’m the massive underdog in this fight and I’m coming to take those belts home with me.”
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