Anthony Joshua defends his IBF heavyweight title tonight in Manchester against Eric Molina, and there is big Irish interest in the pay-per-view card due to the second professional fight of Katie Taylor [1(1)-0].
Following the Wicklow super featherweight’s stunning debut last month, she takes a step up to face Swiss-based Brazilian Viviane Obenuf [9(4)-1(0)] over six two-minute rounds.
In terms of when the amateur legend is in action, this is complicated due to the fact that Taylor is a live TV float, and could be slotted in whenever suits the broadcaster/promoter depending on how the night is unfolding. However, is assured that the earliest conceivable time her fight could take place is 8:00pm.
It would be a surprise if Taylor fights this early though, and it is believed that the Bray boxer will be in the ring between 9:00-9:30pm, as the penultimate undercard bout. This would lead into Dillian Whyte v Dereck Chisora and then Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina – which will take place at 10:45pm at the earliest.
Nevertheless, as always, this is boxing, and Taylor’s time is largely dependent on what occurs in the bouts preceding her own.
The Matchroom running order in full is:
MARCUS MORRISON VS HARRY MATTHEWS
6 x 3 mins Middleweight contest
17:30 LIVE on SKYSPORTS BOX OFFICE
CONOR BENN VS STEVE BACKHOUSE
4 x 3 mins Welterweight contest
LUIS ORTIZ VS DAVID ALLEN
8 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
HOSEA BURTON VS FRANK BUGLIONI
12 x 3 mins British Light Heavyweight Championship
CALLUM SMITH VS LUKE BLACKLEDGE
12 x 3 mins British Super Middleweight Championship
LUIS CONCEPCION VS KAL YAFAI
12 x 3 mins vacant WBA Super Flyweight World Championship
SCOTT QUIGG VS JOSE CAYETANO
12 x 3 mins Featherweight contest
(MOST LIKELY POSITIONING OF KATIE TAYLOR’S FIGHT)
DILLIAN WHYTE VS DERECK CHISORA
12 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
10:45pm at the earliest due to US TV commitments
ANTHONY JOSHUA VS ERIC MOLINA
12 x 3 mins IBF Heavyweight World Championship
LIVE FLOAT – NOT BEFORE 8pm
KATIE TAYLOR VS VIVIANE OBENAUF
6 x 2 mins Super Featherweight contest