Katie Taylor’s Wembley Opponent Revealed

Katie Taylor [21(6)-0] will defend her lightweight world titles against Karen Elizabeth Carabaja [19(2)-0] in October.

News of the Irish sensation’s next bout has been leaking out over the last few weeks and it became clear the Bray fighter would next appear in London on October 29.

In fact, Eddie Hearn revealed confirmation of a Wembley Arena hosted, DAZN broadcast Taylor topped bill was incoming, meaning fans knew the when and where and were just waiting on the who when it came to the 36-year-old’s next fight.

The Matchroom promoter also revealed he expected the undisputed lightweight world champion to put her 135lbs undisputed status on the line against a mandatory challenger, prompting the only reigning Irish world champion to be linked to the likes of Sofya Ochigava and Estelle Yoka-Mossely this week.

Rumour now suggests – and Boxingscene report – ‘La Burbuja’ Carabaja will populate the away corner. It’s not quite as high profile a fight as an Amanda Serrano rematch , which team Taylor tried to make for Croke Park this summer, or as immediately as exciting as some of the other names Taylor has been linked with – but those avenues were explored to no avail and the Irish sporting legend, as ever, was keen to get out regardless.

The Buenos Aires native, 32, still comes to the ring undefeated in 19 fights and will be motivated by the chance to become the first to dethrone the fight great.

The fact the Chino Maidana Promotions fighter only has two knockout wins on her record and has campaigned solely in Argentina, as well as mostly at super featherweight, would suggest she will be a massive underdog going into the clash.

The fight will be Taylor’s seventh defence of her undisputed title and will be the fourteenth time she puts a world title on the line in a ring.

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com