IT is a 2012 Olympics rematch as Katie Taylor takes on Natasha Jonas on Saturday night.
The fight – for Taylor’s WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight world titles – takes place on the undercard of Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker in Manchester.
Irish ace Taylor won the London Olympic final bout nine years ago – can she repeat the trick against the Brit?
When is Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas?
- Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas takes place on Saturday, May 1 – TONIGHT.
- The fight is chief support to Chisora vs Parker, and the ring walks are expected from 9pm BST.
- The Manchester Arena – with no fans in attendance – plays host.
What TV channel and live stream is Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas on?
Sky Sports Box Office will be showing the full card on Saturday night.
Coverage begins on the channel at 6pm.
The event costs £19.95 to purchase.
🥊 CHISORA VS PARKER: TV, live stream and start time info ahead of the big fight
What is the full fight card?
- Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker (heavyweight)
- Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas (WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO lightweight titles)
- Dmitry Bivol vs Craig Richards (WBA light-heavyweight title)
- Chris Eubank Jr vs Marcus Morrison
- James Tennyson vs Jovanni Straffon (IBO lightweight title)
- Campbell Hatton vs TBA
What have they said?
Jonas: “I’ve got nothing to lose and if you’re in a fight for the four belts on the biggest stage, the biggest platform and you can’t get yourself up mentally then you’re probably in the wrong sport.
“I’ve got absolutely nothing to lose and I’ll be presenting the best version of myself mentally and physically on the night and she has to be able to deal with that.
“I proved last time I am world level. I know I have to be that and better for Taylor. I wanted a challenge, I want to stay at this level, I want to be competing at this level and be winning at this level, more importantly.”
Stay up to date with every jab and uppercut from Manchester in our live blog, below…
WOMEN WITH ATTITUDE
Good evening and welcome to tonight’s blog of Katie Taylor’s lightweight bout against Natasha Jonas.
The Irishwoman warned Jonas to worry about her own damaged chin before vowing to knock her out.
The Olympic icon defends her undisputed lightweight crown and 17-0 record against her old London 2012 rival tonight.
Jonas, 36, has boldly predicted that she is the one with the power to cause a shock KO inside the ten two-minute rounds.
But only Jonas has a stoppage defeat on her record and Taylor used her trademark whisper to menacingly remind her.
The Wicklow warrior said: “I don’t think I’m someone who anyone can get under my skin.
“Tasha has a loss on her record, and that loss has come from a knockout, so if anybody can be hurt it’s her.”
Taylor, 34, remembers her 2012 quarter-final victory over GB’s Jonas in London as the fight that sparked the women’s sport into life.
She said: “Without the Olympic Games, I don’t think pro women’s boxing would be where it is right now.”
This post first appeared on The Sun