Rose Volante’s coach backs powerful Brazilian to upset Katie Taylor


Rose Volante [14(8)-0] is going to ask Katie Taylor the kind of boxing questions she has never had to answer before, predicts her coach Felipe Moledas.

The Brazilian will be hoping to keep her WBO lightweight world title and take the IBF and WBA straps Taylor holds on a massive DAZN and Sky Sports-broadcast fight in Philadelphia on Friday March 15th.

Bray’s Taylor [12(5)-0] goes into the clash at the Liacouras Center as a firm, almost unbackable, favourite and will be expected to move to within one fight of becoming an undisputed star.

However, Moledas is confident ‘The Queen Rose’ won’t be dethroned and will plunder more boxing gold on the Matchroom USA show. 

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Like Volante did last month, the coach suggests Taylor has yet to face anyone like the WBO champ and also points out that his charge would have stopped former Taylor foe Victoria Noelia Bustos. 

“Katie Taylor has never faced anyone like Rose Volante,” said the coach

“Katie beat Victoria Bustos by points and suffered at the end. Rose would have knocked the Argentinian out,” he adds.

Taylor, in one of her more competitive fights, went the full ten with Bustos in their WBA-IBF unification last April – winning 99-91 x2, 98-92 – with the final stanza being a Round of the Year contender.

Volante won her pink belt against Argentinian opposition, dropping Brenda Carabajal twice en-route to a majority decision win from the away corner in December 2017. Since then the 36-year-old has twice defended the title, stopping Panamanian Lourdes Borbua and Colombia Yolis Franco.

Having seen a unification with Taylor fall through in December, the bout has finally been agreed and Moledas is confident.

The coach revealed Team Volante will travel Stateside in early March and notes that camp has gone well so far.

“Rose’s workouts are going very well and to plan. Her physical and technical work are improving a lot and we will get to 100% for March 15th.”

“The training is getting more intense. There are many physical, technical and sparring exercises to make sure we arrive on the day of the fight as prepared as possible.”

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Jonny Stapleton

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