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Change of date for Katie Taylor’s first World Title Defence

Katie Taylor‘s first world title defence looks set for a change of date.

The WBA lightweight champion will defend her belt for the first time next month, and the bout seems set to be something a bit different.

Previously Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn had stated that the card would take place on Friday December 15th in the British capital, with the York Hall in Bethnal Green being the likely venue.

Now though the card, the first ever Sky Sports bill to be headlined by a woman, is set to take place midweek, with Hearn telling IFL TV that the York Hall on Wednesday December 13th being the new plan.

A public workout will take place on Monday 11th, with the press conference and weigh-in both set for Tuesday 12th.

An official announcement from Matchroom Boxing is expected soon, which will officially confirm the date and venue – as well as the opponent.

American Jessica McCaskill [5(3)-1(0)] has been strongly tipped to be the opponent for the ten-round title clash, with ‘CasKILLA’ having been the only fighter namechecked by Team Taylor – as well as calling out the Bray boxer numerous times.

The move sees the card now take place before the majority of the Tony Bellew v David Haye fight week events – rather than right in the middle. The outspoken English heavyweight pair rematch on Sunday December 17th at the O2 in London.

The fight will come just six and a half weeks after Taylor [7(4)-0] won the belt, with the 31 year old having dropped and outpointed Anahi Sanchez on the Joshua-Takam undercard at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.

Watch Eddie Hearn speak to IFL TV below:


Joe O'Neill

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