Wednesday 19 September 2018

Opponent for Katie's US debut

Irish boxer Katie Taylor. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/Sportsfile
Irish boxer Katie Taylor. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/Sportsfile

An opponent has been found for Katie Taylor's US debut in New York on Saturday night.

Texas southpaw Jasmine Clarkeson will be her sixth professional opponent and the two are due to face off at the Barclays Centre.

Clarkson has won four of her twelve fights - with two of those wins coming in her last three outings - ahead of her clash with the 2012 Olympic lightweight champion.

The Dallas-based 22-year-old, who was beaten in her last outing by Kimberly Connor in Louisiana in July, has never been stopped in 61 rounds of pro boxing since making her paid debut in 2014.

"It's a great opportunity to fight Katie on such a huge card. I know she was an Olympic fighter and I expect the fight to be an exciting fight. I thank Katie for accepting the fight," said Clarkson.

Taylor, who has been training in Connecticut for her US debut, has won five fights so far. Both women are scheduled to trade leather over eight rounds on the Adrien Broner versus Mikey Garcia undercard in Brooklyn.

Unbeaten Cork southpaw Noel Murphy, who fights out of the Bronx, faces undefeated Julio Cesar Sanchez on the Brooklyn card, also over eight rounds.

Meanwhile, Natasha Jonas has her second pro fight in her native Liverpool in September and believes she's on a collision course with Taylor.

"She's (Taylor) potentially a future opponent, said Jonas who lost to the Wicklow woman at the London 2012 Olympics and who is promoted by Eddie Hearn who also promotes Taylor.

Elsewhere, Pete Taylor, Katie Taylor's dad and ex coach, has signed Kildare's ex-European Youth champion Gary Cully to his pro stable which also includes Rio Olympian David Oliver Joyce and Sean Turner.

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