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Katie Taylor Set For Date Change Ahead Of First Title Defence

By Elliot Foster

Katie Taylor looks set for a change of date for her next fight.

The WBA lightweight champion will defend her belt for the first time next month –– and the bout seems set to be something a bit different.

Taylor, who outpointed Anahi Esther Sanchez on the undercard of Anthony Joshua win over Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on October 28, had been gearing up for a December 15 fight in London, England, with the famous York Hall likely to be confirmed as the venue.

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However, Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn, who has watched the Bray 31-year-old move to 7-0 (4 KOs) as a pro since making her debut in November 2016, has indicated a change of plan.

He told iFL TV in a recent interview that the plan is to shift the date for Taylor’s next fight to December 13, a Wednesday night, to tie it in with the fight week schedule for Tony Bellew’s heavyweight rematch against David Haye on December 17 at the O2 Arena in the capital.

An official announcement from Matchroom Boxing is expected soon, which will officially confirm the date and venue –– as well as the opponent.

Also according to Hearn on iFL TV, a public workout will take place on Monday, December 11, with the press conference and weigh-in both set for the following day.

In other news, the rematch between Jono Carroll and Declan Geraghty has been struck from the undercard of Carl Frampton’s return.

The pair were meant to grace the Frampton vs. Horacio Garcia card –– which also features Jamie Conlan’s challenge of Jerwin Ancajas for the IBF super-flyweight crown, Paddy Barnes’ first defence of the WBO European flyweight belt and Zolani Tete’s defence of the WBO bantamweight title against fellow South African Siboniso Gonya –– in a battle for Carroll’s IBF European super-featherweight title, but Geraghty suffered a hand injury in training, forcing him out of the fight.

And Boxing Scene understands that the aforementioned Bellew vs. Haye rematch undercard will be fleshed out sooner rather than later.

Joe Joyce vs. Tom Little has already been added and Craig Glover will fight for the seventh time as a pro, but Conor Benn, Joshua Buatsi, Willy Hutchison and Michael Page are expected to be confirmed for the bill in due course.

Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain could also box on the bill –– if they’re not added to the Katie Taylor undercard four days earlier –– before they fight each other on February 3 at the O2 Arena in London on a card set to be topped by WBC Silver heavyweight champion Dillian Whyte.

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