Katie Taylor: “I’m Expecting A Really Tough Fight.”
By George Priestman
Katie Taylor is fully focused on the task at hand as she prepares to defend her four world title belts on Saturday night.
Unified world lightweight champion Taylor faces the unbeaten Miriam Gutierrez on a Matchroom card that features three women’s world title fights.
The full card will be available to view for everyone thanks to Sky Sports as it can be viewed for free on Facebook, YouTube and Sky Sports. The decision to remove the pay wall can only enhance the sport further.
In terms of the fight in question, Taylor takes on the unbeaten Gutierrez (13-0) who earned her world title shot by beating Keren Batiz in November last year by unanimous decision.
The Irish fighter comes into the bout as an overwhelming favourite and there is a sense that people have already written this fight off as a certain win for Taylor. But on a media Zoom call earlier today, Taylor says she is preparing for the fight as if it were any other:
“I’m prepared for anything that comes my way, even going into the trenches if need be. I prepare for every fight as if it is my toughest fight, so this no different.
“I’m expecting a really tough fight, she can be really tricky at times, and very awkward as well, so these are the type of fighters that are very hard to look good against.”
In what is a big night for women’s boxing, boxing heavyweight superstar Anthony Joshua was extremely complimentary towards Taylor this week, claiming she is special and has a career that will leave a long lasting legacy.
Those kind words reached Taylor and she was extremely grateful to hear the comments from her fellow Matchroom fighter:
“From such a legacy building fighter himself, obviously that means so much. Anthony Joshua has always been such a huge supporter of myself over the last two years and women’s boxing too.
“I’m very grateful for those comments, it’s always nice to hear nice things said about you and for it to come from someone like Anthony Joshua makes it even more special.”