By Elliot Foster
Katie Taylor is targeting unification showdowns in the new year after keeping hold of her world titles.
The Bray woman was in action earlier this month at Madison Square Garden.
Taylor comprehensively outpointed Eva Wahlstrom on December 15, exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and on DAZN Stateside, and retained her WBA and IBF female lightweight crowns.
And now the former Olympic champion, 32, wants fights with the other champions in the division as she looks to solidify her position as the woman to beat in female boxing.
“Rose Volante is the one we want,” Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, said recently. “There are three fights we really want: [Rose] Volante, [the WBO champion], Delfine Persoon, and [Amanda] Serrano – they’re the three I’d love her to have in 2019.”
Persoon is from Belgium and currently holds the WBC belt, while Serrano is the only female fighter to have won world titles in five different weight classes.
Serrano (35-1-1, 26 KOs) is next in action on January 18 at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden when she steps down to super-flyweight to fight for the vacant WBO bauble against Eva Voraberger.
Taylor, who is now 12-0 with five quick finishes since turning professional back in November 2016, has already beaten Serrano’s sister Cindy earlier this year and the rivalry between the pair is a natural one to pursue.
“I don’t know what order yet – it’s quite possible Volante will be next – but we’ll see,” Hearn added. “I thought Katie was fantastic again. Every time she fights now the crowd seem to say ‘Wow, wasn’t she incredible?’
“You know exactly what you are going to get every time she goes into the ring. It was another great performance as we move on to a big 2019.”
Further details regarding the return of Taylor, who was a five-time world amateur champion and a six-time European champion in the vest and headguard, will be revealed in due course.