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Women’s Boxing Legend Calls Out Katie Taylor

One of the biggest names in women’s boxing is ready to drop down in weight and chase a fight with Ireland’s Katie Taylor.

Now 39 years of age, Layla McCarter [42(11)-13(0)-5] has stated her intention to drop down two classes to lightweight and there is just one name she has in mind.

The era-spanning, multiple time world champion is keen for Katie and has come straight out and said this.

In a post to social media via @wisegirlboxing, McCarter challenged the unified WBA-IBF lightweight champion.

‘Amazing’ outlined how “I just want to say I’m coming back to the lightweight division ater many years campaigning as a welterweight, super welterweight.”

“I go where the opposition is – and nobody wanted to fight me there.”

“I know you’re a classy champion that’s willing to fight anybody and so am I.”

“I’m looking forward to coming back to lightweight and getting back my title.”

“Let’s do this, this is the best fight to be made in women’s boxing and I think we can make a great fight, thank you.”

As alluded to above, McCarter was the inaugural holder of the WBA belt now in the possession of Taylor [11(5)-0].

Widely regarded as one of the greatest female pros of all time, McCarter has fought some of the biggest names in the sport over a 20-year career – including Jelena Mrdjenovich, Alicia Ashley, Melissa Hernandez, and Fujin Raika.

The American has previously been namechecked by Taylor’s manager, Brian Peters, as a potential opponent and would look to be a possibility for 2019.

The Wicklow fighter looks set to defend her belts next month when, on Saturday December 15th, she boxes a to-be-confirmed foe on the Canelo Alvarez v Rocky Fielding undercard at Madison Square Garden in New York.

This date is not yet confirmed but has been discussed by both Peters and Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn.

The Bray boxer only defended her belts last year, dominating Cindy Serrano over ten rounds. McCarter fought the same Puerto Rican opponent ten years ago, being similarly dominant over six rounds.


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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