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When the bell rang at Madison Square Garden six months ago, when Katie Taylor won against Amanda Serrano, there was a future goal.
Taylor, arguably Ireland’s greatest player, still believes a return home to Croke Park is on the cards. He also played again with Serrano after one of the biggest fights in New York of this era.
Anyway, all these things are now on the back burner. Instead, the WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF champion defended her belt at Wembley Arena against her opponent Karen Elizabeth Carabajal for the first time.
The difficulty for Taylor has always been finding opponents. Carabajal looks like an unlikely contender on paper, having mostly fought as a super-featherweight. She has a record of 19-0 (two wins by KO) but has never fought outside of her home country. However, she promised, “all the belts will return to Argentina with me”.
An unlikely goal, but Taylor will want to be fired with a strong display. While there can never be any doubt about the impact the Irishwoman has on the world of women’s boxing, since Claressa Shields’ victory over Savannah Marshall in October there has been debate over whether Taylor can claim to be the greatest ever. In fact, she is not talking about it, and it is only Shields who describes herself as “GWOAT”.
By some rankings, however, the Shields have overtaken Taylor as the number one pound-for-pound player. It’s a change for the guard she’ll be familiar with as she enters the twilight of her career, once again admitting on DAZN Boxing that she intends to retire.
“Obviously I know I can’t do this forever; “I don’t know if I want to punch for the rest of my life,” Taylor said.
“But I really love my sports. I love training. I don’t get sick in the morning and I don’t get sick in the early morning. The running times, the bad times. I really love my sports.”
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Taylor vs Carabajal details
- Date: Saturday 29 October
- Place: Wembley Arena, London
- Battle time: It is expected to go through the ring around 10pm UK time
- TV/Non-Live: The fight can be streamed on DAZN, with subscriptions starting from £7.99
- Items below: Kiko Martinez fought for the first time since being knocked out by Josh Warrington in the seventh round. He will fight European featherweight champion Jordan Gill in an IBF title eliminator and if he wins, he will likely face Warrington again. Gill’s European title will also be on the line
- yes predicted: Carabajal was able to go the distance but Taylor won on points
- Katie Taylor vs. Karen Elizabeth Carabajal (heavyweight)
- Jordan Gill vs. Kiko Martinez; Here is Gill’s European featherweight championship and IBF elimination
- Gary Cully vs. Jaouad Belmehdi; Heavy
- Mary Romero vs. Ellie Scotney; For Romero’s EBU Super Bantamweight Championship
- Johnny Fisher vs. Alfonso Damiani; Heavy weight
- John Hedges and TBC; Heavy weight
- Thomas Whittaker-Hart and Mickey Ellison; Heavy weight
- Jordan Reynolds and TBC; Super heavy weight
Lomachenko vs Ortiz
If there were any doubts about how the conflict in Ukraine could disrupt work in the ring, Oleksandr Usyk dispelled them. Now it’s time for Vasyl Lomachenko to represent the nation as he takes a brief break from military service to fight for the first time since defeating Richard Commey by unanimous decision in December.
Lomachenko has been slowly rebuilding after being rocked by Teofimo Lopez in Vegas two years ago, a defeat that rocked the heavyweight division – and the tension is still felt now with his four belts changing hands twice since then. While he could be fighting George Kambosos Jr in an attempt to regain those positions, he insists the rejection of Australia is “an easy decision” because of the timing.
“There was a war in our city,” he said. “I need to stay with my family and our people and protect our country. You don’t think about boxing. You don’t think about your future. Just think about saving your life and saving your family. Well.”
“I just wanted to bring sports attention to our country. And on Saturday, which is Sunday morning in Ukraine, I want people to change their thoughts to emotions.”
The fact that he is 34 years old suggests that he is running out of time to make a meaningful comeback, but Jamaine Ortiz would be a good test.
The American is undefeated and has a record of 16-0-1, tied with Joseph Adorno. Not only that, he is a person who knows Lomachenko’s style better than anyone, as his former teammate who scored a goal against the reigning Devin Haney.
- Date: Saturday 29 October
- Place: Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater, New York, USA
- Battle time: It is expected to go through the ring around 3am (AM) UK time
- TV/Non-Live: Sky Sports Action, or streaming via the SkyGo app. If you’re not a subscriber at all, you can watch it with a NOW pass which costs £11.99 for one day
- Items below: Cuban southpaw Robeisy Ramirez is best known as a two-time Olympic gold medalist – famous for defeating Shakur Stevenson. in the final at Rio 2016 – but he feels he is reaching his peak in the professional game. He has another chance to show off his shooting skills against Jose Matias Romero
- yes predicted: All signs suggest an easy night’s work for Lomachenko, who we back to win by stoppage in the middle of the round.
- Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jamaine Ortiz; Heavy
- Duke Regan vs. Luis LeBron; The weight of a feather
- Troy Isley vs. Quincy LaValais; Super heavy weight
- Richard Torrez Jr. and Ahmed Hefny; Heavy weight
- Abdullahi Mason vs. Angel Barrera; Heavy
- Nico Ali Walsh and Billy Wagner; Average weight
- Robey Ramirez vs. Jose Matias Romero; The weight of a feather
- Haven Brady Jr. and Eric Mondragon; Super heavy feather
- Delante Johnson vs. Esteban Garcia; Welterweight
- Jorge Chavez and Adrian Leyva; The weight of a feather
Paul vs Silva
At the time of writing, Jake Paul is still scheduled to fight another Octagon legend in former MMA middleweight champion Anderson Silva. However, the fight was thrown into doubt earlier this week with reports that the Brazilian, who is now 47 years old, was ruled out of training. However, the look of the dangerous man appears to be growing.
Anderson insists this isn’t just about the payday. On the contrary, the fight he takes seriously, not least because Paul has already humbled two other martial artists: Tyron Woodley and Ben Askren. Silva was undoubtedly his worst opponent to date, however, he also had a victory in his boxing match against Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. This happens over eight rounds.
“There are a lot of people who say Jake is bad,” Silva said. “But for me it’s a fight and I’m training hard to win this fight.”
Paul, the “Problem Boy”, now holds a 6-0 record, but those fights really don’t matter. He didn’t pull off the coup that would define his boxing career, from Conor McGregor to Tommy Fury – and the latter seemed almost impossible with the British heavyweight among the number of boxers barred from entering the United States. Instead, here’s Silva, who has lost his last six fights in the UFC.
- Date: Saturday 29 October
- Place: Gila River Arena, Phoenix, USA
- Battle time: It is expected to go through the ring around 4am (AM) UK time
- TV/Non-Live: FITE is the only place to broadcast the fight in the UK, but it is listed as £17.99 on pay-per-view.
- Items below: Heavyweight Ashton Sylve is a great puncher and at the age of 18, he has already built an impressive 7-0 record, winning every fight by knockout.
- yes predicted: There isn’t much in it when it comes to odds. Various bookmakers have either Paul as the (slight) favourite, Silva in the evening, or Silva as the winner. The truth is he may not be a boxer by trade, but the Brazilian-born legend of the Octagon is undoubtedly Paul’s toughest test yet – and could be the man who can finally nip his fighting career in the bud. However, Paul seems to be able to pull it off
- Jake Paul vs Anderson Silva
- Ashton Sylve vs Braulio Rodriguez
- Chris Avila vs Dr. Mike Varshavski
- Danny Barrios Flores vs Edgar Ortiz Jr
- Adrian Rodriguez vs Dominique Griffin
- Alexandro Santiago vs Antonio Nieves
- Conor Benn admitted he failed two drug tests before his fight with Chris Eubank Jr, but blamed contaminated food or drink and vowed to clear his name. In the meantime, Benn has launched a scathing attack on the British Boxing Authority (BBBofC), insisting that he will not fight under the body again as he gives up his licence.
- Deontay Wilder is now No 1 in the heavyweight rankings – according to Ring – replaced Anthony Joshua, after knocking out Robert Helenius. Momentum is building for the Bronze Bomber to face Andy Ruiz Jr next
- Frank Warren, who promotes Joe Joyce and Daniel Dubois, wants one of the fighters to fight Joshua in the future.
- Tyson Fury’s American promoter Bob Arum has stated that there is a possibility that talks will begin in the coming days between “King Gypsy” and Usyk for a title fight without any restrictions.
- Terence Crawford is currently fighting David Avanesyan, who has poured cold water on his hopes of facing Errol Spence Jr in the near future.