Katie Taylor wants ‘all the gold’ ahead of unification bout

Katie Taylor has said that she wants to hold “all the belts” by 2019 as she prepares for her lightweight unification bout against IBF champion Victoria Bustos in April.

The Bray-native WBA lightweight champion will face Bustos in a WBA and IBF World Lightweight title unification fight at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York on Saturday, April 28th.

Taylor puts her title on the line for the second time after she won the title in Cardiff in October against Anahi Sanchez and successfully defended it against Chicago’s Jessica McCaskill in London in December.

Long-reigning IBF champion Bustos will be hoping to make her sixth defence of the strap she won back in September 2013, but Taylor insists she has enough to beat the Argentinian.

Speaking at a press conference in New York on Tuesday, Taylor said: “It’s a huge fight for me against a great opponent, one of the longest reigning champions but I’m training hard already and I know I can deliver a big performance and put on the fight of the night.

“Last year was huge for me but it was only the start and I believe that 2018 will be even bigger. Unifying the lightweight division was a goal of mine from day one in the pros and I want to have all the belts by the end of the year.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “Katie won it all as an amateur and she’s ready to dominate as a pro. Katie has taught me that it’s not about women’s boxing – it’s about boxing.

“Katie is the best female fighter on the planet – no question. The Irish will be out in force and do not miss watching this girl fight, she’s incredible.”


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