WBA World Lightweight champion Katie Taylor will have the chance to unify the lightweight division when she takes on IBF champ Victoria Bustos at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on April 28.
This will be Taylor’s second defence of her WBA title since winning it in Cardiff last September against Anahi Sanchez before then going on to make a successful defence against Chicago’s Jessica McCaskill in London in December
Speaking about the unification bout, the Bray-native said: “Becoming unified champion is very important to me.
“Last year was great but I’m not really one for looking back and it’s all about the next challenge. I believe that winning my first world title as a pro is just the start of it, I want to fight all the other champions and unify the lightweight division.”
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The fight will also be the sixth defence for Bustos after she won her IBF title back in September 2013. The 29-year-old has also fought for the WBC Super-Lightweight belt thus far in her impressive career.
“Bustos is one of the longest reigning champions in women’s boxing so I’m expecting a very tough fight.
“I’ve been back in training camp in Connecticut since the beginning of the month so the hard work has started and I’m excited to have the chance to win another World title.” Katie added.
Taylor will fight Bustos on the undercard of Daniel Jacobs’ bout againt Poland’s Maciej Sulecki in Brooklyn which will air live on Sky Sports.
Details on tickets for the event will be released at a press conference in New York on Tuesday.