Katie Taylor [8(4)-0] has vowed to steal the show when she faces Victoria Noelia Bustos [18(0)-4(0)] in their WBA-IBF lightweight world title unification clash at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday April 28th.
It’s a return to the U.S. East Coast and a city with a substantial Irish and Irish-American population in line with Bray boxer’s team’s plans to turn Taylor into a big Stateside star.
For her part, Taylor is keen, and has promised to entertain in her appearance on the big Matchroom USA show.
It was hoped the London 2012 gold medal winner would be afforded the chance to unify in Dublin this coming Spring and an April 14th homecoming date was all-but-confirmed by promoter Eddie Hearn.
However, the Irish sensation will instead return Stateside and to the venue in wihch she made he American debut last July.
The lauded and much-decorated former amateur fights on a card that topped by Brooklyn favourites Daniel Jacobs and Jarrell Miller, but is confident she can deliver a show-stealing performance.
“I’m so excited to be fighting in the Barclays Center again,” said Taylor. “It’s a huge fight for me against a great opponent, one of the longest reigning champions but I’m training hard already and I know I can deliver a big performance and put on the fight of the night,” she added before making an undisputed vow.
“Last year was huge for me but it was only the start and I believe that 2018 will be even bigger. Unifying the lightweight division was a goal of mine from day one in the pros and I want to have all the belts by the end of the year.”
Long-reigning IBF champion Bustos certainly represents the toughest test of the Bray fighters pro career to date. The Argentine is in her sixth defence of the IBF strap she won way back in September 2013, while the 29-year-old has also fought for the WBC light welterweight strap in her impressive career at the top level.
The WBC champion is Belgian Delfine Persoon [40(16)-1(1)] who is considered the pound-for-pound #2 in women’s boxing, while Brazilian Rose Volante [12(6)-0] is the WBO titleholder.