Eddie Hearn confirms next opponent for undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor

Eddie Hearn confirms next opponent for undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor

Published On Thursday, September 24, 2020By Ben Davies

Eddie Hearn has revealed that Katie Taylor will complete her mandatory defence against Spaniard Miriam Gutierrez in November

Katie Taylor will follow up her unanimous decision victory over Delfine Persoon, with a mandatory defence against Miriam Gutierrez in a stand-alone Matchroom card in November, Eddie Hearn has stated.

The undisputed lightweight champion initially was linked with a rematch fight with Jessica McCaskill, but hopes have been dashed after Cecilia Braekhus activated her rematch clause with McCaskill after losing her belts earlier in the year.

37-year-old Gutierrez is mandatory for the WBA lightweight belt as she holds the interim status, and will be looking to compete with Taylor before the end of the year, with the card scheduled for Nove,ber 14th featuring two other world title fights.

Eddie Hearn highlighted the achievement of the Irish fighter, and layed out her next challenge after conquering Persoon at Fight Camp.

He told Boxing Social: "Katie Taylor has to fight her WBA mandatory next, which is [Miriam] Gutierrez, that will be on a stand alone card in November that will be announced shortly, that card will have three world title fights on it in total.

"I spoke to Katie Taylor about an all-women’s card. I thought that was a really good idea. Katie Taylor looked at me like she wanted to punch me when I said that. When I started thinking about it I understand what’s she’s saying.

"What they’re fighting for, away from the world championship, is equality. It’s not women’s boxing and men’s boxing – it’s boxing.

"So actually, when I started thinking about it, listening to what she said, I realised that a women’s only card is detrimental in my opinion to the growth of what we’re trying to do."

Her challenger Gutierrez previously spoke of her desire to make the fight happen, and also confirmed her admiration for her future opponent for her role in increasing the popularity of women's boxing.

She said: "I would like to fight against the greatest, which is Katie Taylor. I would like that very much because she is world class. She has been in London, Brazil and at the Olympics and now she’s become a pro. She has a lot of titles and she is a world champion.”

"In women's competition my favourite fighter is Katie Taylor, that is why I really want to fight her."

The contest looks set to be in the UK once again, and will be broadcasted on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the United States.

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