As expected, Katie Taylor will challenge for world honours on the undercard of IBF and WBA heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua’s title fight with Bulgaria’s Kubrat Pulev at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28th.
Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn announced today that the Bray boxer’s opponent will be WBA lightweight champion Anahi Esther Sanchez of Argentina.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) September 11, 2017
2012 Olympic gold medalist and multiple-time world amateur champion, Taylor, made the jump to the paid ranks in November of last year and has since reeled off six straight wins, four inside the distance. Her most recent victory came at the end of July, when she stopped the over-matched Jasmine Clarkson at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
The 26-year-old Sanchez turned pro in late 2013 and won 14 straight fights to begin her career, picking up the IBF super-featherweight strap along the way. She suffered her first loss in December of last year, dropping a unanimous decision to Finland’s WBC super-featherweight champion Eva Wahlstrom – one of the division’s bigger names – in Helsinki. She bounced back with a win before once again losing in a world title bid on enemy territory, this time via stoppage to France’s Maiva Hamadouche in Paris. A KO win in July was good enough to vault Sanchez into another major title fight and over the weekend she stopped once-beaten fellow Argentine Cecilia Sofia Mena to claim the vacant WBA lightweight belt. Her record now stands at 17-2, with 9 of her wins coming by way of knockout.
Also confirmed for the October 28th show’s undercard is a WBA super-flyweight title fight between defending champion Khalid Yafai and undefeated Japanese fighter Sho Ishida, as well as Lenroy Thomas vs. David Allen and Frank Buglioni vs. Callum Johnson.