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Katie Taylor set to defend undisputed boxing title at Wembley Arena

Wembley Arena will welcome Katie Taylor this coming Saturday where she will defend her unbeaten record and collection of lightweight belts.

In what has been a fantastic era for women’s boxing, especially in London, the fight follows the colossal match between Claressa Shields and Savannah Marshall at the O2 Arena, which saw Shields become the undisputed middleweight champion earlier this month.

Taylor is a huge name for the sport and will certainly draw a crowd to North West London on Saturday at the same venue where she began her professional career six years ago.

Little is known about her opponent, Karen Carabajal, who has fought and won 19 times as a professional – but never outside of South America.

The Argentine will certainly be a challenge for Taylor with two evidently talented undefeated boxers going head-to-head in what will be a roaring crowd in Wembley Arena.

Again, Taylor’s undisputed lightweight titles are on the line following the historic win against Puerto Rican star Amanda Serrano last April in Madison Square Garden in the US.

The fight was the first women’s boxing match to headline MSG making it a ground-breaking moment in history for women’s sport.

Taylor is a stern favourite to win on Saturday night, despite the incredible unbeaten record of her opponent, and talks in her native Ireland suggest she may soon grasp a homecoming fight in front of 80,000 fans.

Women’s boxing is on a continual upward trajectory in the UK, with Londoner Ellie Scotney joining the undercard on Saturday.

The Lewisham native is undefeated in her five fights since signing as a professional.

Scotney will be familiar with her surroundings after previously competing in Wembley Arena last year when she defeated France’s Mailys Gangloff.

The fight between Scotney and her Spanish opponent Mary Romero was due to take place in London’s 02 Arena earlier this month but was postponed after headliner Conor Benn failed a drugs test ahead of his huge fight with Chris Eubank Junior.

Elsewhere in London, Tyson Fury will face Derek Chisora at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on December 3rd in what has been dubbed as ‘the fight that nobody wants’.

There has been plenty of controversy over the past few months surrounding Fury’s next fight, with Anthony Joshua pledging to face the Mancunian which would have been an epic showdown between the two prestigious heavyweights.

With the deal falling though, Fury will visit North East London in December to fight Chisora for a third time in a bid to win the trilogy.

Following a 94,000 sell-out at Wembley against Dillian Whyte last April, Fury looks set to struggle in filling the 62,000-seater stadium in Tottenham this December.

Wembley, however, looks set to be a sell-out on Saturday with plenty of competitive action and exciting title deciders on the night.

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