Taylor defends World titles against Wahlstrom in New York

Irish sensation faces unbeaten Finn and old amateur foe on Dec 15
Katie Taylor will defend her IBF and WBA World Lightweight titles against Eva Wahlstrom at Madison Square Garden, New York on December 15, on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez challenging Rocky Fielding for the WBA World Super Middleweight title, live on DAZN.

Taylor (11 – 0 5KOs) makes her third defense of her belts in her third fight in New York, first in the World famous Manhattan boxing mecca and the fourth stateside fight in her last seven fights.

The Irish sensation became the WBA World ruler in her seventh pro outing in Cardiff, Wales in October 2017 against Anahi Sanchez and unified the belts at the Barclays Center in fight number nine in the paid ranks, comfortably ripping the IBF belt from Victoria Bustos in April.

Taylor, an amateur star in the Emerald Isle with an Olympic gold medal added to five World championships and six European golds, is hunting unification bouts at 135lbs in 2019, but in unbeaten Finn Wahlstrom, the 32 year old faces the stiffest test of her pro career.

Wahlstrom (22 – 0 – 1 3KOs) is aiming to become a two-weight World champion in the Big Apple the long-reigning WBC Super-Featherweight champion steps up to Lightweight to achieve that goal on December 15.

The 38 year old landed her 130lbs strap in April 2015 and has been unmoved in four defenses on home turf, including a win over her common foe with Taylor, in former World champion Sanchez, who the Helsinki ace beat in December 2016.

The pair have history having clashed at the very start of Taylor’s amateur career 14 years ago, and the defending champion cannot think of a better setting to meet in the pros and continue her path to unification just over two years since the start of her pro career.

“Eva is someone I know very well from our time in the amateurs,” said Taylor. “I was actually drawn against her in my very first international competition back in 2004 and it seemed like every time I turned up to a major competition after that she was in the draw!

“She was always a really tough opponent so it’s no surprise that she’s gone on to have a great professional career. I think this fight will really showcase the best that women’s boxing has to offer and I’m really looking forward to it.

“I’ve been lucky enough to fight in some iconic venues since turning pro two years ago but I’m not sure there’s any more iconic in a boxing sense than Madison Square Garden. I think every fighter dreams about stepping in the ring there and I’m no different. To get the opportunity to defend my World titles there is really very exciting.”

“I have stated for a longest time that I am ready and I want to engage in toughest fights available,” said Wahlstrom. “This is the ultimate, biggest and toughest fight anywhere and to have it in the legendary Madison Square Garden is a huge honor.

“I lost to Katie few times in amateur days but I am sure I won her respect anyway. Now in a 10-round pro fight, it will be totally different game with all new avenues to avenge those defeats.

“I have the greatest respect to Katie for how she has remained her respectable, nice, down-to-earth personality despite all the success and fame. Thus, I am not going to do any trash-talking, but I am very ready to do some thrashing in the MSG ring.”

“This is an amazing opportunity for Katie to fight at MSG,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “This is by far the toughest fight of her career so far and hugely important moving into 2019.

“There will be great Irish support in New York and she adds even more superstar status to this brilliant night of boxing on DAZN.”

Canelo vs. Rocky is a 12-round fight for the WBA Super Middleweight World Title presented by Golden Boy Promotions in association with Matchroom Boxing. Lemieux vs. Johnson is a 12-round middleweight fight presented by Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of The Tiger Management. The event is sponsored by Tecate, “THE OFFICIAL BEER OF BOXING,” and Hennessy “Never Stop. Never Settle.” The event will take place Saturday, December 15 at Madison Square Garden in New York City and will be streamed live on DAZN. 

Tickets for Canelo vs. Rocky are on sale and are priced at $1,000, $500, $300, $200, $150, $100, $75 and $50 plus applicable taxes, fees and services charges. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Square Garden Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, Ticketmaster charge by phone (866-858-0008) and online at  www.ticketmaster.comwww.goldenboytickets.com or www.MSG.com.

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Andrade and Jacobs make their picks for Canelo-GGG 2


 
Middleweight stars chose their winner in Las Vegas as they prepare for World title fights

 

(NEW YORK, September 12) Demetrius Andrade and Daniel Jacobs are both targeting the winner of the rematch between Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin in Las Vegas this weekend – and they broke off from their training camps for two huge World title bouts to pick their winner.

 

Andrade (25-0 16KOs) is gunning for two-weight World glory when he challenges England’s WBO Middleweight king Billy Joe Saunders (26-0 12KOs) at the TD Garden in Boston on October 20, live on DAZN – and the Rhode Island star wants the Kazakh beast to beat the Mexican hero – whom he had strong words for!

 

 

Jacobs (34-2 29KOs) can become a two-time Middleweight king when he faces unbeaten Ukrainian ace Sergiy Derevyanchenko (12-0 10KOs) for the vacant IBF strap at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on October 27, live on HBO – and the Brooklyn ace is backing GGG to land the win, but wants the Mexican to win to set up his own rematch with Golovkin after he was edged out at the Garden by GGG in March 2017.

 

 

Andrade’s clash with Saunders tops a huge night of action in Boston with two more World title fights on the bill as Tevin Farmer (26-4-1 5KOs) is straight back in action to defend his IBF Super-Featherweight title against Belfast’s James Tennyson (22-2 18KOs) and Irish sensation Katie Taylor (10-0 5KOs) puts her IBF and WBA World Lightweight titles on the line against Puerto Rican star Cindy Serrano (27-5-3 10KOs).

 

There’s a tasty IBF World Featherweight title eliminator between Briton Kid Galahad (24-0 15KOs) and Rhode Island’s Toka Kahn Cleary (25-1 17KOs), Framingham’s Danny O’Connor (30-3 11KOs) faces England’s Tommy Coyle (24-4 12KOs) in an all-action clash, former World Super-Bantamweight king Scott Quigg (34-2-2 25KOs) resumes his journey to Featherweight honors on the bill, local favorites Niall Kennedy (11-0-1 7KOs) and Mark DeLuca (21-1 13KOs) are in action and Kazakhstan’s Olympic gold medal hero Daniyar Yeleussinov (3-0 1KO) tastes his fourth action in the paid ranks.

 

Tickets for October 20 are on sale now from www.TDGarden.com

Jacobs’ clash with Derevyanchenko tops a World title double-header on HBO as unbeaten Puerto Rican Alberto Machado (20-0 16KOs) makes the second defense of his WBA World Super-Featherweight title against Cleveland’s Yuandale Evans (20-1 14KOs) – and a third World strap on the bill as Heather Hardy (21-0 4KOs) and Shelley Vincent (23-1 1KO) meet in a rematch of their 2016 fight of the year battle – this time with the vacant WBO Featherweight belt on the line.

Tickets for October 27 are on sale now from www.Ticketmaster.com

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