What time is the Katie Taylor fight? All you need to know about the pro debut of a legend

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Katie Taylor makes her professional debut this evening in London.

One of the biggest debuts in the history of Irish boxing, here is all you need to know.

What weight will Katie Taylor fight in the pros at?
The Bray boxer will begin her career at super featherweight (130lbs), and has weighed in at 132.5lbs for her non-title debut bout.

Who is Katie Taylor fighting in her debut?
The first woman to face Taylor as a professional will be Polish journeywoman Karina Kopinska [7(2)-14(1)-3]. The durable Eastern European fought Monaghan’s Christina McMahon in what was ‘Lightning’s fifth professional contest back in March 2013 at the Fairways Hotel in Dundalk. McMahon won a competitive eight-round decision. Kopinska has also done six rounds with Finland’s current WBC super featherweight champion Eva Wahlström back in 2014, as well as being stopped in the second by Frenchwoman Maiva Hamadouche, the current WBA super featherweight belt-holder. On her only previous trip to England, Kopinska was outpointed over six rounds in 2014 by English-based Greek boxer Areti Mastrodouka, who this year unsuccessfully challenged for the IBF super featherweight belt, being stopped in six by champion Anahi Esther Sanchez.

Where is Katie Taylor’s debut?
The fight will take place at the SSE Wembley Arena in North West London.

What time is the Katie Taylor fight?
The Wicklow woman sets to be the penultimate major fight of the night. Ohara Davies v Andrea Scarpa looks set to be the co-main event, with Taylor v Kopinska taking place just before. The estimated ring walk for Taylor is 10:30pm, although it could perhaps be slightly earlier.

What channel is showing the Katie Taylor fight?
The professional debut of the nineteen-time major medal winner and amateur boxing legend will take place live on Sky Sports 2 (Sky channel 402).

Photo Credit: Ricardo Guglielminotti – The Fighting Irish (@ThefIrish)

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