Published On: Tue, Sep 12th, 2017

Joshua vs Pulev undercard: Katie Taylor set for first world title shot in Cardiff

She takes on Argentina’s Anahi Esther Sanchez on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s defence of his unified World heavyweight title against Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.

Lightweight Taylor, who won gold at the London 2012 Olympics, only turned professional in November last year.

But she has won all six of her bouts since leaving the amateur scene, with three coming by way of an early stoppage.

“I’m delighted that the world title fight has been confirmed and on such a big stage as well,” Taylor said. 

“This is what I’m in boxing for – to win world titles and be in big fights on big nights like this.

“Sanchez has won multiple world titles so I’m expecting a very tough fight, but I definitely feel I’m ready for it and these are the kind of challenges I want.

“It’s such a great time for boxing right now to have these huge events. 

“Boxing at Wembley on the Joshua-Klitschko card was a great experience, and now to have the opportunity to become world champion at Principality Stadium is very special.”

Her opponent Sanchez carries a record of 17-2, having previously claimed world belts at featherweight and super-feather, with both of her losses coming in world-title contests.

Notably those two defeats also marked the 26-year-old’s only fights outside of her homeland, each against ‘home’ European fighters.

Taylor’s manager Brian Peters believes that Taylor will have a huge homecoming bout in Dublin in the future.

“We’ve a few plans, but more than likely Katie will be out before Christmas in America. When she’ll fight in Ireland depends on how we get on with the next few fights,” he said.

He also says it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that Taylor could fight UFC star Holly Holm in a ladies equivalent of the Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor match.

“There’s huge interest from American TV companies and even the Holly Holm fight down the road is a strong possibility,” he added.

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