Katie Taylor can develop into a world winner when she struggles Christina Linardatou to the WBO super-lightweight belt on November 2, live on Sky Sports.
The Irish superstar has been crowned as the undisputed lightweight winner after a hard-fought win over Delfine Persoon in June and now targets a world title in a higher weight category at Manchester Arena, with Anthony Crolla’s farewell battle and Joshua Buatsi’s WBA light-heavyweight title eliminator from Blake Caparello.
Taylor is currently relishing her WBO title clash and fully intends to cement her status as the world’s finest female boxer in the near future.
“I had a number of my early pro fights at the Manchester Arena and also to return in November and headline a card there a couple years on is amazing,” said Taylor.
“It is played host to some tremendous nights in boxing background so I am honoured to be part of the tradition.
“It’s a new challenge at a new weight and something I am really enthusiastic about. I feel as though I have much left to reach in the game and getting a two-weight world winner is one of those aims.
“There are still numerous huge fights out there for me such as the Amanda Serrano fight, a rematch with Delfine Persoon and a fight with Cecilia Br??khus however, the very first aim is November 2 and winning another world title.
“I really don’t have some issues making lightweight so I think I can move between the 2 weights. I want to push myself and Christina is an excellent world champion, so it’s going to be a major test for me personally.”
However, Linardatou, with one loss and 12 wins, believes she can inflict a crushing first defeat on Taylor.
“I intend on leaving England with my title,” she said. “If I need to knock on Katie Taylor out in order to keep the name, that is what I will do.”
Mancunian Crolla contributes to the scene of his triumph, a stoppage win Darleys Perez to make the WBA lightweight belt in November 2015, this year, after falling short against merged winner Vasiliy Lomachenko and also the 32-year-old will have one final struggle.
Buatsi recently ceased Ryan Ford in seven rounds in The O2, but if be given a sterner struggle contrary to Australian Caparello, a former world title challenger, who has shared the ring with Sergey Kovalev and Andre Dirrell.
Felix Cash defends his Commonwealth middleweight title and Gamal Yafai may take the next step towards a title in the division.
“I’m so happy to be back in Manchester for this massive show,” said Matchroom Boxing manager Eddie Hearn.
“Katie Taylor has become established among the biggest stars on the planet boxing and she bids to make more history by turning into a multi-weight world champion with ambitious WBO super-lightweight winner Christina Linardatou.
“Hometown hero Anthony Crolla rolls the dice one more time because he takes part in his final fight in the sport in the arena that has hosted so many epic poem Anthony Crolla nights.
“The stabilisers are off for Joshua Buatsi as he takes a huge step up against demanding Australian Blake Caparello in a WBA world title eliminator and there’s a brilliant domestic middleweight clash between Commonwealth champ Felix Cash and English champ Jack Cullen.
“There is plenty more under these four conflicts on what will be a huge night of boxing”
Adam Smith, Head of Sky Sports Boxing, said:”We are totally delighted to be showing the very greatest female fighter in the world back to Sky Sports on this massive show. This is yet another test for Katie Taylor since the unified winner proceeds to cement her extraordinary legacy and takes on all comers.
“Katie is a marvellous ambassador and inspiration for many and we’re delighted to be working closely with her as we look to feature both the very best in boxing and also in women’s sport on Sky”