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Katie Taylor vs Karen Elizabeth Carabajal – Big Fight Preview & Predictions

Taylor defends undisputed crown against Carabajal in Wembley

Katie Taylor makes a seventh defence of her undisputed lightweight titles against Karen Elizabeth Carabajal in Wembley on Saturday Photo Credit: Matchroom Boxing
Katie Taylor makes a seventh defence of her undisputed lightweight titles against Karen Elizabeth Carabajal in Wembley on Saturday Photo Credit: Matchroom Boxing

The OVO Arena in Wembley hosts world title action this Saturday evening, with a pound-for-pound great in action, as Katie Taylor defends her undisputed lightweight gold against undefeated Argentine, Karen Elizabeth Carabajal in the main event.

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Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) is a problem not yet solved in the paid ranks, and the 2012 Olympic champion is looking for remaining accomplishments after a glittering career.

The Bray native has cleaned out the 135 pound division, and has overcome all of her stiffest tests.

After moving up to take the WBO super lightweight title in November 2019, and defeating old rival Delfine Persoon in 2020, there were signs of slowing down for Taylor, as she banked four straight points wins, but looked laboured in doing so.

Taylor beat Serrano after an epic battle at MSG in April Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
Taylor beat Serrano after an epic battle at MSG in April Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

The 36-year-old roared straight back to form though in Madison Square Garden in April, as she took a thrilling split decision win against Amanda Serrano to retain her WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO crowns.

The likelihood is that the pair will rematch, but Taylor first has to repel the challenge of Carabajal (19-0, 2 KOs) in London.

The Buenos Aires resident brings an unbeaten record to the capital, but has yet to fight outside of her native Argentina, and has never boxed for world honours.

Taylor puts her WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF belts on the line against Carabajal Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom
Taylor puts her WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF belts on the line against Carabajal Photo Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom

After defeating Cintia Gisela Castillo for a second time by tenth round stoppage last October, the 33-year-old has fought once in 2022, and that was a six round points win against the 2-0-2 Lorena Edith Agoutborde in April.

Carabajal is leagues apart from her illustrious opponent this weekend.

Prediction: Taylor won’t take her eye off the ball here, and should take a routine points win, possibly banking every round along the way.

Gill meets Martinez

The undercard sees a tough test for Jordan Gill, as he defends his European featherweight title against old war horse Kiko Martinez.

Gill (27-1-1, 8 KOs) won the belt in a war with Karim Guerfi, where he uncorked a ninth round knockout punch when behind on all three cards, and he faces a big puncher in Spaniard Martinez, a two-time former world champion.

Gill roared back to knock out Guerfi in February Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Gill roared back to knock out Guerfi in February Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Martinez (43-11-2, 30 KOs) stunningly won his old IBF belt back with a knockout of Kid Galahad last November, but shipped the title to old foe Josh Warrington in a seventh round stoppage loss in March.

Prediction: Gill can overcome early scares to come through on the cards.

Martinez lost his IBF world title to Warrington in March Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Martinez lost his IBF world title to Warrington in March Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Remaining Undercard

Gary Cully (14-0, KO8) impressed in March, knocking out former world champion Miguel Vazquez in five, and the Irishman should take a points win in his lightweight ten rounder against Jaouad Belmehdi (16-0-3, 7 KOs).

Ellie Scotney (5-0) is also on the bill, and the Catford super bantamweight can claim the European title with a points win after ten rounds against the champion, Mary Romero (8-2, 2 KOs).

The Central Area light heavyweight title is at stake, and Thomas Whittaker Hart (7-0, 3 KOs) can secure his first professional title with a stoppage win over Mickey Ellison (13-4, 5 KOs), who currently holds the belt.

Fisher looks to extend his unbeaten run Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing
Fisher looks to extend his unbeaten run Photo Credit: Mark Robinson/Matchroom Boxing

Popular heavyweight Johnny Fisher (6-0, 5 KOs) should also win early, in his six rounder with Dominik Musil (7-4, 5 KOs).

Unbeaten prospects, John Hedges (6-0, 2 KOs) and Jordan Reynolds (3-0, 1 KO) are both in action against opponents to be confirmed.

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