By Elliot Foster
Katie Taylor will get the chance to unify the female lightweight division sooner rather than later.
The 32-year-old IBF and WBA champion was last in action last month at Madison Square Garden.
Taylor, from Bray in County Wicklow, Ireland, comprehensively outpointed Eva Wahlstrom on December 15, exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN Stateside.
The former Olympic champion recently revealed that she wants fights with the other champions in the division as she looks to solidify her position as the woman to beat in female boxing after BoxRec rated her at number one.
And it was disclosed on Friday, by Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn, that contracts have been signed for her to face WBO champion Rose Volante next.
Taylor will come up against the Brazilian on March 16 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as part of Matchroom Boxing’s big St. Patrick’s weekend card at a venue to be confirmed.
"I’m over the moon to confirm contracts are signed for Katie Taylor to unify against WBO champ Rose Volante on our big Paddy’s Day weekend show in Philly in March,” Hearn wrote on social media when announcing that the deal for the long-awaited clash was done. “Full card announced soon - the road to undisputed is on.”
Delfine Persoon, the Belgian WBC champion, and Amanda Serrano, who on January 18 goes for a world title in a seventh weight division, are also high on the wishlist of Taylor and her team.
It is understood that London Olympics silver medallist John Joe Nevin will fight on the card that is set to be topped by Dubliner Jono Carroll’s voluntary challenge of Tevin Farmer for the IBF world title at super-featherweight.
Nevin’s career to date has been blighted by lengthy periods of inactivity and the 30-year-old (11-0, 4 KOs) is hoping this opportunity will be the springboard he needs to get his campaign back on track.
Further details regarding the bill will be revealed in due course.