Taylor Seeks Undisputed Female Lightweight Title
Katie Taylor’s ultimate goal for 2019 is set in her mind: she aims to become the undisputed female lightweight champion of boxing.
The next step in that mission comes in her upcoming March bout, when she puts her WBA and IBF titles on the line against WBO champion Rose Volante in a title unification match at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 15.
With a win against Volante, Taylor’s plan will see her finally face off with WBC champion Delfine Persoon for the undisputed 135-pound crown.
“As soon as I won the WBA title my next goal was to unify the lightweight division,” Taylor told Boxing Scene. “I know that Eddie [Hearn, her promoter] has been working hard to make these fights so when he texted to say that Volante had signed the contract for March, I was delighted.”
Taylor won a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London, but after an early exit in 2016, she and her team decided to not waste time in pursuing a professional career.
Taylor captured the WBA title in her eighth pro bout — less than a full year into her career — in late October 2017. She went on to win the IBF title in an April 2018 title unification bout with Victoria Bustos. This bout with Volante marks Taylor’s sixth defense of the WBA title and fourth of the IBF title.
Taylor last competed in December, easily handling Eva Wahlström in a one-sided unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden.
Looking further ahead, if Taylor can stay unbeaten and get by both Volante and Persoon, there’s a chance that’s when an anticipated showdown with Amanda Serrano could take place, or even a fight with Cecilia Braekhus.
“We really wanted either Volante or the WBC champion Persoon for this fight and Eddie has delivered,” Brian Peters, Taylor’s manager, said. “Katie wants to unify the lightweight division as quickly as possible and then wants to move straight on to fights with the likes of Amanda Serrano and Cecilia Braekhus.”
Original Story: Boxing Scene