Katie Taylor will challenge for world title next month

Katie Taylor will fight for her first professional world title on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff on 28 October.

The 2012 London gold medallist will take on two-weight world champion Anahi Sanchez for the WBA world lightweight crown.

Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed the news at a Joshua-Pulev press conference in Cardiff.

Her opponent, 26-six-year-old Argentinian Anahi Esther Sanchez won the vacant WBA belt in San Miguel, near Buenos Aires on Saturday night when she accounted for fellow countrywomen Cecila Sofia Mena. The contest was stopped in the sixth round.

Sanchez is a former super-featherweight world champion, beating Greece’s then-undefeated Areti Mastrodouka to take the IBF crown last March. She defended that title once, versus an unheralded fellow Argentine, before abdicating and losing out to Finland’s Eva Wahlstrom on points in Helsinki for its WBC equivalent.

Unquestionably, Sanchez is the most experienced fighter Taylor has faced so far in her career. Since turning professional in 2013, she has assembled a decent record and this will be her fourth world title fight.

Taylor is bidding to become the third Irish female boxer to secure a world professional title.

In 1997 the pioneer of women’s boxing in Ireland Deirdre Gogarty won the IBF featherweight title while Monaghan’s Christina McMahon secured the WBC bantamweight title in 2015.

The Bray boxer has said she’s delighted at finally getting a world title shot.

“I’m delighted that the world title fight has been confirmed and on such a big stage as well.

“This is what I’m in boxing for, to win world titles and be in big fights on big nights like this.

“Sanchez has won multiple world titles so I’m expecting a very tough fight but I definitely feel I’m ready for it and these are the kind of challenges I want.

“It’s such a great time for boxing right now to have these huge events. Boxing at Wembley on the Joshua-Klitschko card was a great experience and now to have the opportunity to become world champion at Principality Stadium is very special. October 28 can’t come soon enough.”

A crowd of near 80,000 will pack the rugby stadium for the contest.

Sanchez-Taylor will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office on 28 October.






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