Eddie Hearn confirms opponent and date for Katie Taylor’s next fight

Katie Taylor [16(6)-0] will return to world title action in November.

The Irish sensation will face her WBA mandatory Miriam Gutierrez [13(5)-0] on a Matchroom promoted Sky Sports and DAZN broadcast fight card.

The world title fight has been scheduled for November 14 and will appear alongside two other world title fights.

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn confirmed as much when speaking to Boxing Social.

“Katie Taylor has to fight her WBA mandatory next, which is [Miriam] Gutierrez, that will be on a stand alone card in November that will be announced shortly,” he said.

“That card will have three world title fight on it in total.”

The Spaniard has been mandatory for one of Taylor’s four lightweight titles since November of last year when she defeated Venezuelan Keren Batiz for the WBA interim title.

The 37-year-old called for the fight back as far back as March of last year, once she claimed the European title by beating Leeds Sam ‘SJ’ Smith.

‘La Reyna’, who has an interesting back story and has become an idol at both the social and sporting levels in Spain stated that: “I would like to fight against the greatest, which is Katie Taylor. I would like that very much because she is world class.

“She has been in London, Brazil and at the Olympics and now she’s become a pro. She has a lot of titles and she is a world champion.”

Fighting Taylor is not just be dream for the domestic abuse campaigner because of the titles on offer. It turns out the Matchroom fighter is her hero.

When asked who her favourite fighter was she replied,

“In women’s competition is Katie Taylor. That is why I really want to fight her. And in men’s boxing, (Vasyl) Lomachenko.”

Gutierrez was not on the ‘mega fight’ list drawn up at the start of the year, but the pandemic, Amanda Serrano’s unwillingness to trade leather and Jessica McCaskill upsetting Cecilia Braekhus forced a change in plans.

Many felt the undisputed lightweight champion may take a break post another all action win over Delfine Persoon and wait to see how McCaskill Braekhus II plays out before returning to the ring.

However, Hearn confirmed today she will fight again in 2020 and will defend against Gutierrez.

Jonny Stapleton

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