Katie Taylor will defend her WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO, and Ring Magazine Lightweight crowns against WBA Mandatory Challenger Firuza Sharipova on the same night that Welterweight star Conor Benn steps up against former World Champion Chris Algieri Katie Taylor vs Firuza Sharipova at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool on Saturday, December 11 Irish sensation Taylor (19-0, 6 KOs) is within touching distance of a huge showdown with Amanda Serrano in 2022 but must overcome a final hurdle in the shape of Kazakhstan’s Sharipova after cruising to another successful defence of her titles against the USA’s Jennifer Han at Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds. Sharipova (14-1, 8 KOs) has picked up titles at Super-Featherweight, Lightweight and Super-Lightweight since joining the professional ranks in May 2016, and the 27-year-old from Taraz is ranked at No.
1 in the world at Lightweight by the WBA having remained undefeated since a shock four-round points loss on her debut. Chatteris Featherweight talent Jordan Gill (26-1, 7 KOs) returns to the ring to challenge EBU European Featherweight Champion Karim Guerfi (30-5, 9 KOs) after scoring behind France’s Guerfi became a two-weight European Champion by Boxing Katie Taylor vs Firuza Sharipova outpointing Andoni Gago in Marbella, Spain earlier this year to land the 126lbs strap. The 34-year-old from Manosque previously held the EBU Bantamweight Title before losing it to undefeated Scottish talent Lee McGregor at the Bolton Whites Hotel in March.
‘The Welsh Wizard’ Joe Cordina (13-0, 8 KOs) continues his push for Super-Featherweight World Title action in 2020 after scoring a sensational first round knockout win over the USA’s Joshuah Hernandez at Fight Camp in August, former European, British and Commonwealth Super-Lightweight Champion Robbie Davies Jr (21-3, 14 KOs) fights for the second time Boxing Katie Taylor vs Firuza Sharipova under new trainer Shane McGuigan, undefeated Belfast Middleweight talent Caoimhin Agyarko (9-0, 6 KOs) makes his Matchroom debut, former Team GB star Calum French makes his professional debut at Super-Lightweight, Tokyo Olympian Peter McGrail (1-0) steps though the ropes for the seconds time as a pro and is joined on the bill by his debutant brother Joe McGrail, while former professional footballer Paddy Lacey (1-0) looks to build on his pro debut win over Stanko Jermelic last month.
Katie Taylor vs Firuza Sharipova Fight Card
December 11 🏴 Liverpool, England
- Conor Benn vs Chris Algieri (12 rounds – welterweight)
- Katie Taylor vs Firuza Sharipova (10 rounds – lightweight, WBC/WBO/IBF/WBA titles)
- Robbie Davies Jr vs Hank Lundy (10 rounds – super-lightweight)
- Karim Guerfi vs Jordan Gill (12 rounds – featherweight)
- Caoimhin Agyarko vs Noe Larios Jr (10 rounds – middleweight)