At Le Mans, Katie Taylor will have no extra motivation to overcome Firuza Sharipova. It should be her night.
The 27-year-old from Bray, Ireland, was an Olympic champion as an amateur, and has an even more illustrious professional career. With her reach and reach-and-strike combination, the London-born fighter is renowned for her skill in transition, and for heading straight for opponents whenever she has the chance.
Sharipova, who is 20 years Taylor’s junior, is a former gold medalist in the sport who has won a record 54 fights on the cards. Taylor has won 47.
A U.S. citizen with the power to knock out anyone she faces, Sharipova has won only five of her last seven fights, though she was unbeaten during an initial 14-fight professional run from 2013 to 2015.
Monday’s Fight Venue
The fight, a WBA world lightweight title eliminator, takes place at the Grand Sporting Arena in Le Mans, and is the penultimate event of the TUFF-N-UFF boxing school program.
Three prospective future world champions will be on display, including Gino Castillo, and up-and-coming Deontay Wilder protégé Christian Hammer.
Celina Jax came out with a fury as she overwhelmed Greux Guillaume with three knockdowns in a space of six seconds. No opponent has finished a round this quickly in recent memory.
In less intense but more evenly contested, Nathan Gilkes defeated Agustin “Tequila” Matute on unanimous decision. Gilkes dropped his opponent in the first round with a devastating right hook and stopped him with a devastating left.
Rafael “Quiet Storm” Rivera won the super featherweight gimme over Moises Garcia and Randall Calloway scored a points win over Daniel Johnson.
Firuza Sharipova vs Katie Taylor Head to head
Katie Taylor vs Iñaki Nieves
Katie Taylor vs Anatoly Bochkin
Katie Taylor vs Shahin Cartagena
Katie Taylor vs Sandra Espinoza
Katie Taylor vs Maryan “the Boxer” Baumgartner
Katie Taylor vs Ceballos Ivanio
Listed in alphabetical order by WBA/IBF/WBO/Ring magazine ratings.