Unbeaten WBA female lightweight world champion Katie Taylor will look to add the IBF belt to her collection when she takes on Victoria Noelia Bustos in a unification fight in New York on April 28.
The Bray native possesses a professional record of eight wins from eight fights, with four knockout victories. She became WBA champion in October 2017 with a unanimous points decision win over Anahi Esther Sanchez and successfully defended it in December, via another victory on points over Jessica McCaskill.
Now, she will fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York for a second time as she looks to become a unified champion. It will not be an easy night’s work for Taylor though, as she takes on a highly experienced world champion who has held her belt since 2013.
Bustos has a record of 18 wins and four losses, with those losses coming to just two different women and all on points. In fact, every one of her 22 fights has gone the distance.
She became IBF female lightweight champion in September 2013 and has successfully defended it five times.
There are two defeats on her record since that first world title victory, a non-title fight against Natalia Vanesa del Valle Aguirre in April 2014 and an unsuccessful challenge for the super lightweight title against Erica Anabella Farias in 2016.
Taylor is aware of the challenge she is up against and is expecting a very tough fight.
“Victoria Bustos is one of the longest reigning champions in women’s boxing so I’m expecting a very tough fight,” Taylor told Sky Sports.
“I’ve been back in training camp in Connecticut since the beginning of the month so the hard work has started and I’m excited to have the chance to win another world title.
“Becoming unified champion is very important to me. Last year was great but I’m not really one for looking back and it’s all about the next challenge.
“I believe that winning my first world title as a pro is just the start of it, I want to fight all the other champions and unify the lightweight division.”
Other fights on the same bill include ‘Miracle Man’ Daniel Jacobs taking on Maciej Sulecki, and Jarrell Miller fighting Johan Duhaupas as he bids to become mandatory challenger to Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight title.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena