Katie Taylor (11-0-0, 5KO) vs Eva Wahlstrom (22-0-1, 3KO)
IBF/WBA Women’s Lightweight Title (5th defense of WBA 4th defense of IBF for Taylor)
Katie Taylor (11-0-0, 5KO) of Ireland, will defend her WBA and IBF Female Lightweight titles against Eva Wahlstrom of Finland, Saturday night on the undercard to Alvarez-Fielding at Madison Sqaure Garden in New York City.
Taylor is looking to put on a show for those in attendance, and watching from their homes, since her last bout failed to impress as she faced little in the way of resistance from her last opponent, Cindy Serrano, cruising to a one sided victory (100-90 on all cards).
“It was disappointing. My own display was OK. It’s hard when someone is so defensive.” Taylor said.
This weekend, Taylor will step into the ring with a familiar opponent from her past days in the amateurs. The two bring a level of respect for the other that could make the idea of an all out action grudge match a hard sell.
“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.” Taylor said.
“She was always a really tough opponent so it’s no surprise that she’s gone on to have a great professional career.
“This fight will really showcase the best that women’s boxing has to offer and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Eva Wahlstrom has fought Taylor several times, including major championships and exhibitions, and the Finnish fighter has expressed nothing but the highest level of respect for the 2012 Olympic Gold medalist.
“I can’t say if my experience is an advantage or not,” (Wahlstrom is 38 and has been pro since 2010), Katie is so experienced in boxing plus she is smart and a fast learner. I think she has embraced the pro format pretty well and I said that it is a different game than amateur boxing.”
“It is more than 10 years since we last fought so I think we both are different people now a days. At least in my case I have gone through so much and changed as a person and as athlete.”
Wahlstrom has the added hurdle of being a late notice opponent, only being confirmed a week before the fight, although she was in training for a WBC title bout that fell through when contacted.
“The next day after my opponent pulled out my matchmaker called me and told me I could fight Katie in three weeks. I thought I would lose my own belt for this fight so I slept one night to make sure this was what I wanted. After accepting the fight the WBC told me I didn’t have to give up my own belt.”
“Still, I suppose everybody knows how hard my task will be.” Wahlstrom said.
The fight will be shown on the DAZN app starting at 6pm Est.