WBA World Title fight the “biggest of my career” for amateur legend Katie Taylor

She has fought and won in 18 major finals as an amateur, including an Olympic decider in front of thousands, but next week will be the biggest fight of Katie Taylor‘s career.

The Bray boxer challenges for the WBA lightweight title next Saturday (October 28th) in Cardiff and Taylor [6(4)-0] believes the bout with champion Anahi Esther Sanchez is her biggest ever.

Taylor fights the Argentine two-weight world champion on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s heavyweight title clash with Carlos Takam, live on Sky Box Office from the Principality (formerly Millennium) Stadium.

The Irish boxing legend described how “I’ve had the opportunity to box on big shows before but this fight without a doubt is going to be the biggest of my career and open more doors in the future.”

“I cannot let this chance slip which brings pressure but it’s the type of fights I want.

““When we first sat down with Eddie he wanted us to fight for a World title within a year and he’s stayed true to his word and delivered. It’s an honour to be fighting for the WBA Title. I’m delighted with the progression of my pro career to date.”

While the 31 year old admits there will be inevitable nerves ahead of the bout, she is emboldened by her own preparations.

Indeed Taylor has been in camp with trainer Ross Enamait since before Sanchez [17(9)-2(1)] even won the vacant title against countrywoman Cecilia Sofia Mena last month.

The Wicklow fighter said that “I train for every fight like it’s a World title fight. The great thing about this one is I’ve had a much longer camp. The last couple have been so close together. I’ve had a good few months preparing for this one. Since the fight was announced the weeks have flown by.”

“It’s my first time at Principality Stadium – what a stage to be fighting on. Wembley Stadium was good preparation for this and I do love an Anthony Joshua undercard. This is more than a dream for me.”


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