Boxing | Taylor bids to become two-weight world champion

Katie Taylor will challenge Christina Linardatou for the WBO super-lightweight belt on the second of November.

The Irish boxer will headline a card at the Manchester Arena which will also feature local favourite Anthony Crolla’s farewell fight, as well as hot prospect Joshua Buatsi’s light-heavyweight eliminator.

Linardatou, 31, has won 12 of her 13 professional fights thus far.

The Greek boxer’s sole defeat came at the hands of Delfine Persoon, who gave Taylor the toughest test of her professional career back in June.

Taylor makes the move up in weight having completed her clean sweep of the lightweight division with her thrilling victory over Persoon.

However, the former Olympic champion has no concerns about moving up to super-lightweight.

“I don’t have any issues making lightweight so I think I can move comfortably between the two weights,” Taylor told Sky Sports.

“I always want to push myself and Christina is an excellent world champion, so it will be a big test for me.”

The fact that Taylor is headlining the card shows her transcendent impact on women’s professional boxing; she was on Crolla’s undercard on her last fight in Manchester.

“I had some of my early pro fights at the Manchester Arena and to come back in November and headline a card there a couple of years on is amazing,” the Bray boxer said.

“It’s played host to some huge nights in boxing history so I’m honoured to be part of that tradition.”

Taylor has won all 14 of her pro bouts to date.