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Fourth fight officially confirmed for Katie Taylor who predicts step up

Yesterday evening saw the fourth professional fight of Katie Taylor‘s career confirmed.

As expected, and as previously stated by those in Team Taylor, the Wicklow woman will box on the undercard of Jorge Linares’ WBC lightweight title defence against Anthony Crolla at the Manchester Arena on Saturday March 25th.

The fight comes just three weeks after Taylor’s destructive display against Monica Gentili in the chief support on the Haye-Bellew PPV card at the Manchester Arena.

While the Italian, a late replacement for recent world title challenger Milena Kovleva, was admittedly out of her depth, it was still an attention-grabbing performance from Taylor, and the first real sight of a so-called ‘mean streak.’

With Eddie Hearn predicting just three more fights [March 25th, the Joshua-Klitschko undercard on April 29th, and an unspecified date in the U.S. in May] before Taylor challenges for world honours, Taylor is expecting a step up on the Manchester bill.

She described how “it’s all gone well so far and the opponents are going to step up now as we kick on this year for a World title.”

“The Linares-Crolla rematch is a brilliant fight and another massive event. It was a great atmosphere at The O2, but every fight is a big one. You can’t afford to slip up in the pro game so every fight is like an Olympic final.”

The bill in Manchester will also see plenty of intriguing bouts such as Brian Rose v Jack Arnfield, Martin J Ward v Maxi Hughes, . Marcus Morrison v Jason Welborn, as well as appearances from Hosea Burton, Tomi Tatham, Ben Sheedy, Nathan Wheatley, and Sean McGoldrick.

Joe O'Neill

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