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Joshua backs “credit to the sport” Katie Taylor ahead of PPV undercard appearance

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While certain ill-informed newspaper columnists have been recently employing sexist and unscientific arguments against women’s boxing, IBF heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua [17(17)-0] has backed Wicklow’s Katie Taylor to continue bring success to the sport.

Following her decision to sign for Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing, the Bray boxer will have her second professional contest on undercard of Joshua’s PPV World title defence against Eric Molina on December 10th at the Manchester Arena.

Joshua backed his fellow 2012 Olympic gold medal winner’s decision to make the move to the pros, and wished her the best for her upcoming career – which she begins in London on November 26th.

The Londoner stated on Sky Sports News HQ that he hopes Taylor can be a success in the sport. He outlined how “I give her the utmost respect and I just hope she can achieve what she wants to do by turning pro and go on and fulfill her destiny because she is a credit to the sport. She’s a nice person in and out of the ring.”

Joshua believes that nineteen time major medal-winner Taylor has the skills to reach the top of the pro game, and reasoned how “they do say that the amateurs and the pros are different but for me but if you can back it up as an amateur then you definitely have the pedigree.”

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