Taylor Sees A Huge 2019 Ahead Of Unification Fight
Days away from getting one step closer to being undisputed lightweight champion, Katie Taylor sees 2019 as a “monumental” year.
Taylor puts her IBF and WBA titles on the line against WBO champion Rose Volante on Friday night in Philadelphia, and with a win gets her one step away from a fight with WBC champion Delfine Persoon this summer.
“This could be a monumental year for me, the biggest of my career both amateur and pro,” said Taylor, who also eyes fights with Amanda Serrano and Cecilia Braekhus later this year. “I believe that by the end of the year I can look back at being the undisputed Lightweight champion and have had huge fights with Amanda and Cecilia. They want those fights as well, but I have to keep winning and everyone raises their game when they fight me.
“When I sat down with Eddie Hearn a few years ago and talked about turning pro, the one thing we talked about was to fight 3/4 times a year and he’s never let me down, I’m fighting regularly and they are great fights too. I have the chance to win my third World title belt inside two years as a pro, and I’d love to have four fights again this year, but Rose is the only fight in front of me.
“Rose is a great champion,” Taylor said of her opponent on Friday night. “She’s strong and has a big right hand, she’s undefeated too so she’s a proud fighter and she’s chasing the same prize as me. We want each other’s belts and unbeaten records, but I have had a great camp and I am full of confidence. I think I am getting better and i think it will show on the night. This could be a very physical fight and I am prepared for that.
“My speed is going to be key in these big fights and I think that technically I am better than a lot of the other girls as well. I feel I have a great team around me, the best coach in the world in Ross Enamait, I feel so prepared going into every fight. But each one is harder than the last and I am aware of that, but I have a lot of confidence and belief in myself, I really feel that no-one can beat me.”