Katie Taylor has her sights set on global domination. After ending her time in the amateur ranks as one of the most decorated fighters of all time, she has gone from strength to strength as a pro.
Her 14-0 record only tells part of the story, with Taylor also unifying the lightweight division. She became the first Irish fighter to unify a weight class in the process.
She moves up to the 140lbs ranks for her next bout, with a world title shot against Christina Linardatou in Manchester this Saturday. While that will be a huge test, the Bray native is already looking at what's next should she become a two-weight world champion:
This is a huge opportunity for me to become a two-weight World Champion and I’m ready to create more history for myself and my country.
I’m very aware of the challenge that Christina brings. I do believe that she’s the best 140lbs in the division and I cannot wait for a very exciting and hard fight.
It’s a new challenge moving up in weight, I’ve worked very hard in the gym to build up. You’ll see the very best of me and I’ll need to be on my game because I think Linardatou is the number one at 140lbs and she’s had some great wins in her career.
It’s going to be a huge 12 months for me, but I have to get past Christina first. I only take one fight at a time and my focus is completely on this one.
She brings a lot to the table and I’m very aware of the challenge. She is an excellent World Champion and it’s going to be a big test for me but one that I’m confident of overcoming.
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 new Matchroom signing Cecilia Brækhus, but the first goal is November 2nd and winning another World title.
Brækhus is currently the unified champion of the welterweight division (147lbs), meaning a fight could between the pair could see the Irishwoman become a two-wieght unified champion, a remarkable feat.
Taylor will no doubt have also have her eyes set on the other titles in the super lighweight division. The WBA and WBC straps are currently held by American Jessica McCaskill, while the other two titles are vacant.