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Katie Taylor to face Nina Meinke on Joshua-Klitschko undercard

Katie Taylor could land her first professional belt on the Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko undercard at Wembley Stadium on April 29.

The London 2012 gold medallist will face 23-year-old German Nina Meinke with the WBA Inter-Continental strap up for grabs.

The bout will also act as an eliminator for the WBA World Lightweight title.

Meinke claimed her first silverware in her last fight when she blasted away Hasna Tukic in one round in March to pick up the IBF Youth Super-Featherweight title. She is trained by former World champion Sven Ottke

Taylor, who has been very impressive in her four appearances since turning pro, is looking forward to testing herself in her first 10-round contest.

“I’ve watched Meinke and she’s a very strong opponent. She’s unbeaten so it's a step up for me and I’m sure she’ll be very confident," she said.

"It’s obviously a massive opportunity for both of us being a world title eliminator and it's my first scheduled 10 round fight so I'm relishing the challenge. I’ve been working very hard out here in Connecticut in training camp so I’ll be in great shape come fight night and I’m just really looking forward to it now and being part of such a historic event.”

“This is a huge step up for Katie on a massive night of boxing,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “No disrespect to her previous opponents but Meinke is on another level and has operated and been victorious on the big stage. In just four fights, Katie has established herself as the most exciting female fighter on the planet but now we get the chance to see if she is ready for the World stage.”

Taylor’s addition to the blockbuster night sees her become the fourth Olympic gold medal winner on the card, joining fellow London 2012 winners Joshua and Luke Campbell, while Klitschko claimed gold in the Atlanta games in 1996.

Campbell faces former World Lightweight champion Darleys Perez, who represented Columbia in the 2008 Beijing games, making it eight Olympians in total after Team GB’s Rio trio of Lawrence Okolie, Joe Cordina and Josh Kelly were added last week.

Taylor’s clash with Meinke is part of a historic night of action on the sold-out blockbuster battle between IBF king Joshua and former lineal World ruler Klitschko, with the WBA and IBO straps also up for grabs, while former World Super-Bantamweight king Scott Quigg continues his quest to become a two-weight champion by facing Viorel Simion at Featherweight, Campbell and Perez clash for the number one spot in the WBA, and Okolie, Cordina and Kelly will draw lots to see who kicks off the historic night.

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