Anthony Joshua v Eric Molina RUNNING ORDER – When is Katie Taylor fighting?

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:

17:00
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

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie