CONFIRMED: Katie Taylor to headline Sky show in first World Title defence

Katie Taylor [7(4)-0] will make the first defence of her new World title in London in December.

Promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed this morning that the WBA lightweight champion will defend her belt for the first time on Friday December 15th at a to-be-confirmed venue in the British capital – and will headline the show.

An opponent for the fight, a voluntary title defence, will be confirmed shortly.

The fight comes just seven weeks after Taylor won the vacant title against stripped champ Anahi Esther Sanchez, and the Wicklow woman will return to Connecticut for training camp with coach Ross Enamait this weekend.

The move will see Taylor become the first female boxer to headline a Sky Sports card.

While the fight takes place on a Friday, it will not be part of the JDNXTGEN series and will be a fully-fledged Sky Sports Fight Night.

In what will surely raise the event’s profile, the fight comes just two days before the massive Sky Box Office heavyweight rematch between Tony Bellew and David Haye at the O2 in London on Sunday December 17th.

Taylor won the black strap on Saturday with a ten-round points win over two-weight champ Sanchez on the massive Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam pay-per-view undercard at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff.


Joe O'Neill

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