(MAR 17) Katie Taylor’s
fourth Pro fight – on March 25th at Manchester Arena - will be
against Sliven, Bulgaria’s Milena “Hell’s Baby” Koleva who has
so far won nine of her seventeen bouts including three by knock
Milena "Hell's Baby" Koleva
photo credit: Facebook
The 28 years old from Sliven,
Bulgaria’s eight largest city, is two years younger than Taylor
albeit the latter, as an ‘amateur’ has a wealth of experience
having won not only an Olympic Gold medal but she has also won
five consecutive gold medals at the Women's World Championships,
six golds at the European Championships, and claimed another
five at the European Union Championships. Add to that the
inaugural European Games crown in Baku in 2015 and it is a
record unlikely to be equalled in AIBA ranks.
The fight in Manchester, the Bray woman’s fourth professional
fight will take place on the undercard of Anthony Crolla’s World
Lightweight title unification rematch with Jorge Linares at the
Manchester Arena on Saturday March 25, live on Sky Sports.
Taylor made it three fights unbeaten in the paid ranks with a
second stoppage win after clinically dispatching Italian fifth
round Monica Gentili on the undercard of Tony Bellew’s
rollercoaster win over David Haye in London last month.
It will not be her first appearance either in the Manchester
Arena having gone the distance with Vivienne Obenauf there in
December, and Taylor is ready to put on another scintillating
display as the 30 year old gets into her groove as a pro.
“The Linares Crolla fight rematch is a brilliant fight and
another massive event. It was a great atmosphere at The O2, but
every fight is a big one. You can’t afford to slip up in the pro
game so every fight is like an Olympic final.
Taylor had intended to attend her friend Michael Conlan’s Pro
debut at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick’s Day to support
her fellow London 2012 medallist but it was not to be.
Instead she is flying back from her training camp in Connecticut
(with Ross Enamait) this weekend ahead of her six-rounder with
“I was going to go to Michael’s fight to cheer him on but it’s
too close to my fight. It’s an individual sport and you have to
concentrate on yourself.
The highly experienced Bulgarian has fought for World titles and
among her opponents in those previous 17 fights have been, Maiva
Hamadouche, Myriam Dellal, Klara Svensson, Eva Walstrom, Delfine
Persoon and Ina Menzer.