Katie Taylor faces the first challenge in a potentially ”history-making” 2019 when she meets Rose Volante in a women’s world lightweight unification battle on Friday night in Philadelphia, having fought influenza in the last month of camp in Connecticut. The aim this year is to become undisputed champion at lightweight, starting with this St Patrick’s weekend showdown.
Taylor, the former Olympic champion and multiple world amateur titlist from Bray, Ireland, already holds the IBF and WBA titles at 135lbs, and, undefeated after a dozen professional fights, aims to unify for a second time against the Brazilian WBO champion Volante, who is undefeated herself after 14 bouts.
The projection, with victory, is that Taylor will face WBC ruler Delfine Persoon in the summer, with plans already being made for a clash with seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano later in the year, as well as a step up two weights to fight long-time undisputed welterweight champion Cecilia Braekhus.
Norwegian Braekhus, 37, has already retired undefeated on 35 fights, but both promoter Eddie Hearn and Taylor’s manager Brian Peters believes the women’s boxing star could be tempted back by a bulging purse.
“They’re huge fights for boxing in general. I’ve always said from the get-go I wanted to make history in this sport. These are the fights that will do that. It’s exciting times ahead,” Taylor told The Telegraph.