Katie Taylor will fight Eva Wahlstrom at Madison Square Garden on December 15th – the bout featuring on the Canelo Alvarez. VS. Rocky Fielding undercard
Michael Dorgan in New York
Irelands Katie Taylor will defend her IBF and WBA World Lightweight titles against former amateur rival and current WBC World super-featherweight champion, Eva Wahlstrom at Madison Square Garden on December 15th – the bout featuring on the Canelo Alvarez. VS. Rocky Fielding undercard.
Five-time world champion and Olympic gold medallist Taylor [11-0, 5KOs], was victorious three times against her 38-year-old Finnish opponent in the amateur ranks yet Wahlstrom [22-0-1, 3KOs] is set to be Taylor’s toughest professional assignment to date since turning pro two years ago.
The undefeated Wahlstrom steps up to lightweight to clash with 32-year-old Taylor and is aiming to become a two-weight world champion. She also accepts the fight on short notice having originally been scheduled to fight in Russia this month only for her opponent to pull out through injury.
“Eva is someone I know very well from our time in the amateurs,” said the Connecticut based Taylor.
“I was actually drawn against her in my very first international competition back in 2004 and it seemed like every time I turned up to a major competition after that she was in the draw!
“She was always a really tough opponent so it’s no surprise that she’s gone on to have a great professional career. I think this fight will really showcase the best that women’s boxing has to offer and I’m really looking forward to it.”
The fight marks Taylor’s 12th professional bout, her third bout in New York but her first at Madison Square Garden.
I’ve been lucky enough to fight in some iconic venues since turning pro two years ago but I’m not sure there’s any more iconic in a boxing sense than Madison Square Garden. I think every fighter dreams about stepping in the ring there and I’m no different.
“To get the opportunity to defend my World titles there is really very exciting.”
Meanwhile, Wahlstrom believes the fight it will be the toughest of her career.
“I have stated for a long time that I am ready and I want to engage in the toughest fights available,” she said.
“This is the ultimate, biggest and toughest fight anywhere. I lost to Katie a few times in my amateur days but I am sure I won her respect anyway. Now in a 10-round pro fight, it will be a totally different game with all new avenues to avenge those defeats.”
“This is an amazing opportunity for Katie to fight at MSG,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“This is by far the toughest fight of her career so far and hugely important moving into 2019.
“There will be great Irish support in New York and she adds even more superstar status to this brilliant night of boxing on DAZN.”