Katie Taylor can grow to be a two-weight world winner when she challenges Christina Linardatou for the WBO belt live on Sky Sports.
The Irish superstar has been crowned as the most lightweight champion following a hard-fought win over Delfine Persoon in June and currently targets a global name in a higher weight class at Manchester Arena, with Anthony Crolla’s farewell fight and Joshua Buatsi’s WBA light-heavyweight title eliminator against Blake Caparello.
Taylor plans to cement her position as the world’s greatest female fighter in the near future and fully is currently relishing her WBO title clash in the event.
“I had some of my first pro fights at the Manchester Arena and to return in November and headline a card there a couple years on is beautiful,” said Taylor.
“It is played host to some tremendous nights at boxing history so I’m honoured to be a part of the tradition.
“It’s a new challenge at a new weight and something I am really excited about. I still feel as if I have so much left to achieve in the game and becoming a two-weight world winner is one of those aims.
“There are still numerous huge battles out there for me such as the Amanda Serrano struggle, a rematch with Delfine Persoon plus a struggle with Cecilia Br??khus but the first objective is November two and winning another domain.
“I don’t have some issues making lightweight so I think I could move comfortably between the two weights. I want to drive myself and Christina is a wonderful world champion, so it’s going to be a big test for me personally.”
However, Linardatou, with just 1 reduction and 12 wins, believes she can inflict a crushing first defeat Taylor.
“I plan on leaving England with my title,” she said. “If I need to knock on Katie Taylor outside to be able to retain the title, that’s what I’ll do.”
Mancunian Crolla contributes to the scene of his victory, a stoppage win over Darleys Perez to make the WBA lightweight belt at November 2015, after falling short against winner Vasiliy Lomachenko before this season along with also the 32-year-old will have one fight.
Buatsi ceased Ryan Ford in seven rounds in The O2, but if receive a sterner struggle contrary to Australian Caparello, a former world title challenger, who’s shared the ring with Andre Dirrell and Sergey Kovalev.
Felix Cash also defends his Commonwealth middleweight title and Gamal Yafai may take another step towards a name in the featherweight division.
“I am so happy to be back in Manchester with this massive series,” said Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn.
“Katie Taylor is now established among the biggest stars in world boxing and she wants to make more history by becoming a multi-weight world winner by challenging WBO super-lightweight champion Christina Linardatou.
“Hometown hero Anthony Crolla rolls the dice one more time since he takes part in his final battle in the sport in the stadium that has functioned many epic poem Anthony Crolla nights.
“Even the stabilisers are away for Joshua Buatsi as he takes a massive step up against tough Australian Blake Caparello in a WBA world title eliminator and there is a brilliant nationwide middleweight battle between Commonwealth champ Felix Cash along with English champ Jack Cullen.
“There is plenty more under these four conflicts on what’s going to be a enormous night of boxing”
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, stated:”We are absolutely thrilled to be showing the very greatest female fighter on the planet back to Sky Sports on this enormous show. This is another significant evaluation for Katie Taylor as the unified lightweight champion continues to cement her extraordinary legacy and takes on all comers.
“Katie is a marvellous ambassador and inspiration to so many and we’re delighted to be working closely with her because we seem to feature the very best in boxing and also in women’s sport on Sky.”
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