Katie Taylor Added To Canelo-Fielding Card
Katie Taylor will return to New York City on December 15th, as the IBF and WBA lightweight champion will defend her titles on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez and Rocky Fielding.
The undefeated Irish fighter will face fellow undefeated fighter Eva Wahlstrom inside Madison Square Garden, with Taylor making her third appearance in the city that never sleeps.
“Eva is someone I know very well from our time in the amateurs,” said Taylor of her December 15th opponent. “I was actually drawn against her in my very first international competition back in 2004 and it seemed like every time I turned up to a major competition after that she was in the draw!
“I’ve been lucky enough to fight in some iconic venues since turning pro two years ago but I’m not sure there’s any more iconic in a boxing sense than Madison Square Garden. I think every fighter dreams about stepping in the ring there and I’m no different. To get the opportunity to defend my World titles there is really very exciting.”
“I have stated for a longest time that I am ready and I want to engage in toughest fights available,” said Wahlstrom. “This is the ultimate, biggest and toughest fight anywhere and to have it in the legendary Madison Square Garden is a huge honor.
“I lost to Katie few times in amateur days but I am sure I won her respect anyway. Now in a 10-round pro fight, it will be totally different game with all new avenues to avenge those defeats.
“I have the greatest respect to Katie for how she has remained her respectable, nice, down-to-earth personality despite all the success and fame. Thus, I am not going to do any trash-talking, but I am very ready to do some thrashing in the MSG ring.”
“This is an amazing opportunity for Katie to fight at MSG,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “This is by far the toughest fight of her career so far and hugely important moving into 2019.”
Report Via Sky Sports