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Katie Taylor sets sights on unifying lightweight division ahead of title defence

Katie Taylor is determined to make the first defence of her WBA lightweight title so she can ensure a "big 2018" and pursue her ambition of unifying the division.

The 31-year-old, from Ireland, meets America's Jessica McCaskill at London's York Hall, having won her first professional title in October on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's defeat of Carlos Takam.

She also tops a professional bill for the first time in her eighth fight, following a decorated amateur career, and told reporters at a London press conference: "My dream is to unify the division.

"I'm not looking past Wednesday, my aim is to win to set me up nicely for a big, big year in 2018.

"I didn't think it was going to happen this quickly that I would headline a card.

"This is the sort of platform I've always wanted where I headline my own show. It's such a wonderful card to be boxing on in such an historic venue. I really can't wait."

McCaskill, 33 and from Chicago, regardless insists she has discovered "mistakes" in the highly-respected champion's make-up.

"A lot of the good things you see about Katie Taylor are in highlights," she said. "If you watch the actual fight there is a lot of mistakes.

"There are opportunities there and I intend on taking advantage of that."

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