Katie Taylor vs. Han in Leeds on Saturday ⋆ Boxing News 24-ZellaNews


Katie Taylor says she is relishing the chance to make the most recent defence of her Undisputed Lightweight crown in entrance of 20,000 passionate Leeds followers at Emerald Headingley Stadium on the blockbuster Lara vs. Warrington 2 card this Saturday September 4, proven dwell worldwide on DAZN.

The Irish star (18-0, 6 KOs) was pressured to dig deep as she retained her World Titles through a unanimous resolution victory after one other memorable assembly with Natasha Jonas final outing at Manchester Arena in May – 9 years on from their London 2012 Olympic Games bout.

This time Taylor places her belts on the road towards six-time nationwide beginner champion and former IBF Featherweight World Champion Jennifer Han (18-3-1, 1 KO) – her newest Mandatory Challenger who heads into this weekend’s conflict on the again of an eight-fight successful streak.

“My father was born and raised in Leeds, so all of us grew up as Leeds United followers,” stated Taylor. “There are nonetheless just a few Leeds United followers on the market! I’m actually excited to struggle in Leeds and in entrance of so many followers. It’s form of like a second residence to me so I simply can’t wait. It’s going to be so thrilling boxing in entrance of 20,000 individuals. The ambiance goes to be insane. Leeds followers are very passionate and loud.

“I feel the final 12 months have been unbelievable for me personally. I’m nonetheless sitting right here because the Undisputed Champion, 18-0 with some unbelievable performances and a few superb fights underneath my belt. The fights I’ve been in have elevated ladies’s boxing to a different degree. This is the head {of professional} boxing – holding all the belts, that’s what everybody in skilled boxing needs to do. Everyone’s dream is to develop into the Undisputed Champion.

“I’m going to strive my greatest to carry on to each a kind of belts for so long as I can. This is what I’m in the game for. I wish to make historical past, I wish to be a World Champion and I wish to maintain all the belts – I’m all in. “The ladies are positively extra inclined to take just a few extra dangers and really go in and take the larger fights. I really like that in regards to the feminine fighters. We really need the massive fights. We’re prepared and in a position to really step in the ring and struggle all of those different champions.

“I’m anticipating the hardest struggle from Jennifer. She has lots of beginner expertise and he or she’s a really technical fighter. She’s a six-time World Champion. She was my No.1 Mandatory as nicely so I needed to take the struggle. These women have stepped up – they’ve boxed past themselves, they’ve raised their sport towards me. I’m anticipating a really very powerful struggle and I’m going to be ready like I’ve been for each single struggle I’ve had over the previous few years.

“She is a fighter that believes in herself. This struggle goes to carry one of the best out of the each of us. I really like the truth that she’s getting into the ring assured like I’m as nicely. I don’t actually take a lot discover of what different fighters say, I simply focus on my very own efficiency and my very own preparation. We’re going to be getting into the ring 100% ready. The solely phrases that matter are, ‘and nonetheless’. Training goes nicely – I really feel good and sharp. I can’t wait to step in once more on September 4 and get one other nice victory.”


Jennifer Han believes she will pull off the mom of all victories when she challenges Katie Taylor for the Undisputed World Lightweight Championship at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds this Saturday September 4, dwell worldwide on DAZN.

Han (18-3-1 1 KO) is again in World Title motion after giving beginning to her second son earlier in the 12 months, and the previous IBF Featherweight ruler is greater than assured she’s again in combating form for the largest night time of her profession.

‘El Paso’s Sweetheart’, a six-time nationwide beginner champion, landed the vacant IBF strap in September 2015, and went on to make 4 profitable title defenses of the belt earlier than taking outing to begin her household. Han’s final struggle got here in February of 2020, a unanimous resolution win towards Jeri Sitzes on residence turf on the El Paso County Coliseum.

The 38-year-old is transferring as much as 135lbs for the struggle of her life and fights outdoors of America for the second time in her profession, having been edged out by majority resolution in South Korea by Ji Hye Woo in March 2013, and is aware of that she must be at her easiest to take the titles from the primary feminine fighter.

“I’ve been a highway warrior, I understand how it’s, the percentages are stacked towards me, she’s the hometown lady – I get it,” stated Han. “When I went to Korea, I felt I dominated the struggle and the choice was taken away from me, so this time I’ve to not solely dominate however be in command of each single spherical or go for the KO.

“This is large, it’s the largest struggle of my life and you may’t get larger than Katie Taylor. I’m going to be combating for all her belts, that is the best alternative that God has blessed me with, I’ve labored my complete life for this, and I’m prepared.

“After I fought final 12 months, I used to be meant to defend my title once more versus the interim champion, however she misplaced, and the brand new champion wasn’t able to struggle but. The IBF granted me the chance to struggle Jeri, after which they made me the primary contender at Lightweight so I may struggle Katie – however then COVID bought in the best way and crushed these goals.

“Americans weren’t allowed to go over to the UK, so the struggle was shelved, there was nothing on the market for me, so I had child quantity two. I saved my primary spot which I did, I didn’t assume that the chance would come round so quickly, nevertheless it has, you should be ready for this, and I’m, it’s nice and I’ve skilled so onerous for this and it’s going to be so price it.

“I used to be IBF champion for 5 years, however I used to be solely combating yearly as a result of I couldn’t get the massive fights. I can’t pause my life, I don’t have that luxurious, so I had my child, I’m very fortunate and blissful. I’m in nice form, and I wish to struggle one of the best of one of the best, and that’s what I’m doing on Saturday.

“She has superb strengths, an Olympic gold medalist, Undisputed World Champion, she’s overwhelmed lots of gifted fighters, however they don’t seem to be the identical as me, and I feel what I carry to the desk she hasn’t seen earlier than so I hope that I shock her with my method.

“I hope she underestimates me and takes into consideration all of the issues which can be stacked up towards me. I hope she hasn’t skilled onerous; she’s taken me without any consideration, that’d be sweeter for me.

“I hoped to only be on TV and develop into a two-weight World Champion, however that is the largest platform doable for me. I’m not going to take something away from her, however she’s beatable. Believe me, my camp and I are learning her in and out. We have loads of methods.”

Taylor vs. Han is a part of an enormous night time of boxing in Leeds, Mauricio Lara (23-2, 16 KOs) and Josh Warrington (30-1, 7 KOs) face one another once more in an enormous rematch for the Featherweight division, rising Welterweight star Conor Benn (18-0, 12 KOs) faces Adrian Granados (21-8-3, 15 KOs) after their Fight Camp Week 1 headliner fell by means of, Mexico’s Jovanni Straffon (24-3-1, 17 KOs) makes the primary defence of his IBO Lightweight World Title towards the in-form Maxi Hughes (23-5-2, 5 KOs), Australia’s Ebanie Bridges (6-1, 3 KOs) appears to construct on her spectacular KO win over Bec Connolly at Fight Camp earlier this month when she meets Mailys Gangloff (5-2, 2 KOs), Super-Bantamweight prospect Hopey Price (5-0, 1 KO) steps up towards Zahid Hussain (16-1, 2 KOs) in an all-Leeds conflict, undefeated Super-Bantamweight expertise Jack Bateson (13-0, 3 KOs) clashes with Felix Garcia (7-2-1, 3 KOs) over six rounds, 1-0 Super-Welterweight Brandon Stansfield takes on MJ Hall (2-61-2) and Light-Heavyweight Mali Wright makes his professional debut towards Anthony Woolery (2-6).