Katie Taylor puts her Undisputed World Lightweight titles on the line on Saturday night when she headlines a historic night of boxing at Wembley Arena in London live on Sky Sports.
The Bray boxer’s defence against mandatory challenger Miriam Gutierrez will see her return to the venue where she began her professional journey in November of 2016. Almost four years on from that pro debut Taylor has racked up 16 straight wins and amassed a haul of World title belts in two separate weight classes.
“I could never have dreamed that when I turned professional that I would be sitting here headlining cards likes this”, revealed Taylor at today’s final press conference in London ahead of the fight. “When I turned professional it was a step into the unknown so to see how far women’s boxing has come in that time is amazing. To have three female World title bouts on the same card is incredible and it’s a privilege to be headlining a show like this.
“We’re in this sport to inspire the next generation. I want to make history and create a legacy and, to do that, you have to be active and take risks. Every belt is on the line so my opponent has a lot to fight for, but this is the position I’ve always wanted to be in, defending my titles and leaving the ring on Saturday night as the Undisputed Champion.”
In the opposite corner at the weekend will be Gutierrez with the Spaniard also sporting a perfect professional record with 13 straight wins since switching from the amateur ranks in March of 2017. The Madrid native has been awaiting her chance as Taylor’s mandatory challenger and says she is ready to take it with both hands. “I’m really looking forward to the fight coming around. It has been a long wait, particularly being in the bubble so it’s been a bit different but I’m really looking forward to the fight and I can’t wait for it to come around.
“Of course I am really focused but that’s not to say I don’t admire her. I have followed Katie’s career both in the amateur ranks and now in the professionals. We’ve been working really hard for this so I am totally focused.
Taylor is the favourite to retain her titles but she insists she is taking nothing for granted. “There are no easy fights at this stage”, said Taylor. “This is a huge opportunity for her. I know that one punch can change a fight in professional boxing. She’s an unbeaten fighter and better than people are giving her credit for. I know from my amateur days that complacency is a very dangerous thing. I learned that the hard way so I’m ready for whatever comes my way on Saturday.”
Saturday’s nights bout is being broadcast live on Sky Sports in Ireland and the UK and will be available to Sky Sports customers and non-subscribers alike. The event will be available from 7pm on Sky Sports YouTube and Facebook channels as well as on www.skysports.com with the main event expected shortly after 10pm.