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Taylor relishing her first shot at World title glory


By Robert Jones

Katie Taylor will fight for her first World title when she meets two-weight World champion Anahi Esther Sanchez for the WBA lightweight crown on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's heavyweight showdown with Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28.

Irish amateur sensation Taylor moved to 6-0 in the paid ranks with a fourth stoppage win in her US debut last time out in New York in July, and saw off Nina Meinke in an eliminator for the WBA crown at Wembley Stadium in April.

Sanchez collected the vacant strap on Saturday night with a stoppage win over Argentine compatriot Cecila Sofia Mena in Buenos Aires, adding that to the IBF super-featherweight crown the 26-year-old claimed in 2016.

But Taylor is confident she will make Sanchez's WBA lightweight reign a short one.

"I'm delighted that the World title fight has been confirmed and on a big stage as well," said Taylor. "This is what I'm in boxing for, to win World titles and be in big fights on big nights.

"I'm expecting a very tough fight but I definitely feel I'm ready for it. It's such a great time for boxing right now. To have the opportunity to become World champion at the Principality Stadium is very special and October 28 can't come soon enough."

Also on the bill, Kal Yafai defends his WBA super-flyweight title against unbeaten mandatory challenger Sho Ishida, and Frank Buglioni and Callum Johnson meet for the British and Commonwealth light-heavyweight titles.

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