Icon Katie Taylor bids to add to her legacy on historic night

Katie Taylor celebrates in Manchester

Katie Taylor bids to take another step towards cementing her incredible legacy on Saturday night when she defends her world lightweight titles against Miriam Gutierrez.

The 34-year-old Irish icon (16-0) headlines against Gutierrez (13-0) on an historic show which includes three women’s world title fights at London’s Wembley Arena (live on Sky Sports and DAZN).

As well as Taylor vs Gutierrez, Terri Harper (10-0-1) defends her WBC super-featherweight title against Norway’s Katharina Thanderz (13-0).

Completing the exciting triple treat is Walsall’s Rachel Ball (6-1), who faces off against Argentina’s Jorgelina Guanini (9-1-2) for the vacant WBA bantamweight strap.

For Taylor, to find women’s boxing taking centre stage to this extent is a special moment, and plays into her desire to take the sport to new levels.

"It's a privilege to be headlining such a big show, an historic show,” she said.

“I never thought when I turned pro that we would see three women's world title fights on a show.

"I want to make history and create legacy and, to do that, you have to be active and take risks. We're in this sport to inspire the next generation. It's incredible to me that female fighters are household names now."

Taylor is a hot favourite to retain her titles, but she is taking nothing for granted against the unbeaten Spaniard.

"One punch can change a fight in professional boxing. She is an unbeaten fighter and better than people expect,” she cautioned.

"Hopefully I will do a bit of everything - outbox her and outfight her. There are no easy fights at this stage. This is a huge opportunity for her.

"Complacency is very, very dangerous. I'm ready for whatever comes my way. People haven't seen the best of me.

"Every belt is on the line. She has a lot to fight for. But this is the position I've always wanted to be in, defending my titles. I'm prepared to walk away the undisputed champion.”

Harper out to silence the doubters

Harper believes she has doubters to silence after her last fight against Natasha Jonas ended in a draw at Matchroom Fight Camp. The unbeaten Thanderz will provide another stern test.

Harper said: "I've seen a few people on social media saying I can't box! I'm not doing badly for someone who can't box. A mistake we've made in the past was to look past the fight that was coming up towards future plans.

"The fight I had with Natasha Jonas? I learned a lot. That fight was a blessing in disguise which brought me back to reality, slowed me down, made me realise that I needed to make changes and improvements.

"Thanderz will throw the kitchen sink at me but I have to make sure that I stay champion. She's very good at coming forward, very game. I need to use my long arms and not get dragged into a scrap like I did [against Jonas]."

Opportunity knocks for Ball

Ball has a terrific opportunity to clinch a world title after shocking the unbeaten Shannon Courtenay in her last outing, again at Fight Camp. She is ready to produce the best display of her career.

"Every time I hear people say it, it gets more and more real. It's still crazy and I'm just so grateful to be here. I've taken this opportunity with both hands. I've done everything that I can. I'm not going to leave anything in there on Saturday.

"It's a fantastic time to be a part of women's boxing - there's loads of great girls coming through, now it's time to live up to the expectations, to step up and deliver. Expect an all action fight from me every time. Expect fireworks, I'm definitely going to deliver them.”

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