Katie Taylor is out to make more history this weekend, hoping to become a two weight world on Saturday night. She will face off against Christina Linardatou in Manchester hoping to claim her sixth world title and her first in the super lightweight division.
While Taylor's bout is the big draw in boxing this week, another much hyped fight will take place in Los Angeles on November 9th. YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul are set to fight in the Staples Centre, a rematch of their drawn bout in Manchester last year.
Even though the fight features no professional fighters, it is expected to be one of the biggest pay-per-views of the year. Last year's contest sold over 1million times, a number which is likely to be topped this time around.
Not everybody is enthused by the prospect, however. Speaking to talkSPORT, Katie Taylor said she feels it is cheapening the sport.
“It makes a mockery of the sport.”
“These YouTubers are headlining a big show. It’s all about business.”
“I love the purity of the sport. This is our lives, it’s what we’ve trained towards.”@KatieTaylor tells @DomMcGuinness1 she is not a fan of #KSILoganPaul2 🥊 pic.twitter.com/CpX3HDbx2O
— talkSPORT (@talkSPORT) November 1, 2019
I'm not really too sure to think of the Logan fight. Sometimes I think it makes a mockery of the sport in that these two YouTubers are headlining a big show.
It's all about business, I understand that. I'm just interested in the purity of the sport, I love fighters going toe-to-toe together.
This is our lives, it's something we've been working towards since we were 10 or 11 years of age. We've had amateur competitions, we've stood in the dressing room not knowing who we were going to fight in these competitions.
We've put our bodies on the line week in, week out for years and years now. I love the fight game, I love the purity of the sport. There's something very noble about going into the trenches against your opponent.
I just love that side of the sport, I don't like the other side of it.