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September 12, 2017


Press Release: A fifth major bout has been added to Matchroom's big October show in Cardiff, Wales.  Ireland's Katie Taylor (6-0) will fight for her first world title as she challenges two-weight champion Anahi Esther Sanchez (17-2) for the WBA womens' lightweight crown. It will be part of the undercard for the Anthony Joshua IBF/WBA heavyweight title showdown with Kubrat Pulev at Principality Stadium on October 28th. Last time out, Taylor got a stoppage win in her U.S.A. debut in July. She also saw off Nina Meinke in a WBA eliminator in April. Sanchez won the vacant WBA title on Saturday via stoppage win over Argentine compatriot Cecila Sofia Mena, adding that to the IBF 130-pound crown the 26 year old claimed in 2016 after moving up from featherweight.

“I’m delighted that the world title fight has been confirmed and on such a big stage as well,” said Taylor. “This is what I’m in boxing for to win World titles and be in big fights on big nights like this. “Sanchez has won multiple World titles so I’m expecting a very tough fight but I definitely feel I’m ready for it and these are the kind of challenges I want. “It’s such a great time for boxing right now to have these huge events. Boxing at Wembley on the Joshua – Klitschko card was a great experience and now to have the opportunity to become World Champion at Principality Stadium is very special and October 28 can’t come soon enough.”

Taylor challenges Sanchez on a bumper bill in support of Joshua’s showdown with Pulev, the third world title bout on the card as Kal Yafai defends his WBA super flyweight title against unbeaten Sho Ishida.

Also on the show, Frank Buglioni and Callum Johnson meet for the British and Commonwealth 175-pound titles, Lenroy Thomas and Dave Allen rematch for the Commonwealth heavyweight title and Team GB Olympian and Welsh talent Joe Cordina appears in his fifth pro outing.

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