Katie Taylor to move up in weight class for Manchester title fight

Katie Taylor defeated Delfine Persoon to become the undisputed lightweight champion.

Katie Taylor will headline the Manchester Arena in her bid to become a two-weight world champion, when she meets Christina Linardatou for the WBO Super-Lightweight World title on the 2nd of November.

Taylor (14-0, 6 KOs) last fought on June the 1st, when she defeated Delfine Persoon in a thriller to be named Undisputed Lightweight World Champion.

After a bloody and brutal fight, the Bray-native added Persoon’s WBC belt to her IBF, WBO and WBA titles to hold all four at 135lbs, and cemented her place as the number one lightweight in the world.

Taylor (33) will next challenge Linardatou (12-1, 6 KOs), who claimed the WBO belt with a sixth round TKO win over Kandi Wyatt in her home city of Athens, in March.

The 31-year-old made the first defence of her title against Deanha Hobbs three months later in Greece, dominating the Australian over ten rounds.

“It’s a new challenge at a new weight and something I’m really excited about,” Taylor said. “I still feel like I have so much left to achieve in the sport and becoming a two-weight World Champion is one of those goals.

“There are still so many huge fights out there for me like the Amanda Serrano fight, a rematch with Delfine Persoon and a fight with Cecilia Brækhus but the first goal is November 2nd and winning another World title.

“I don’t have any issues making Lightweight so I think I can move comfortably between the two weights. I always want to push myself and Christina’s an excellent World Champion so it will be a big test for me.”

Linardatou, meanwhile, was in defiant mood when speaking about the fight, saying: “I plan on leaving England with my title. If I need to knock Katie Taylor out in order to retain the title, that’s what I’ll do.”

Katie Taylor vs Christina Linardatou for the WBO Super-Lightweight World title takes place in the Manchester Arena, Manchester on Saturday, the 2nd of November, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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