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Boxing: Sell Out Crowd for Joshua and Taylor bouts in Cardiff October 28th
by Michael O'Neill
September 15, 2017

(SEPT 15) The Anthony Joshua v  Kubrat Pulev WBA and IBF  World Heavyweight  title fight at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff has completely sold out according to promoters Matchroom and ticketing agents Stub Hub.

Ireland’s former Olympic Lightweight champion  Katie Taylor challenges Argentina’s Anahi  Esther Sanchez  on a bumper bill in support of Joshua’s showdown with Pulev, the third World title bout on the card, as Kal Yafai defends his WBA Super-Flyweight title against unbeaten mandatory challenger Sho Ishida. 

“I’m delighted that the World title fight has been confirmed and on such a big stage as well,” said Taylor yesterday. “This is what I’m in boxing for to win World titles and be in big fights on big nights like this.

“Sanchez has won multiple World titles so I’m expecting a very tough fight but I definitely feel I’m ready for it and these are the kind of challenges I want. “It’s such a great time for boxing right now to have these huge events. “Obviously as an amateur boxer all you dream of is becoming an Olympic champion. 

“When you turn pro all you dream of is becoming a world champion and unifying the belts, so this is definitely going to be up there. I’m not going to let this opportunity slip because this is the start of some really big fights for me in the future. Once I have that belt, I can unify the belts.” 

Jessica McCaskill seems likely to be a future opponent if Taylor overcomes Sanchez. 

Boxing at Wembley on the Joshua – Klitschko card was, she said “a great experience and now to have the opportunity to become World Champion at Principality Stadium is very special and October 28 can’t come soon enough.” 

There were 90,000 fans at  that Wembley Show though many had not arrived before the early bouts. Taylor will not lack support in the Welsh capital as the majority of fans will be from England and Wales and ‘sans doute’ from Ireland (North & South) 

Though there is great rivalry between Welsh, English & Irish fans before major Rugby and Soccer internationals, Taylor whose father, Peter is from Leeds, has always enjoyed great support from  her vast British fan club too  as we saw at the 2012 Olympics at the Excel Centre in London Docklands in her fights with Natasha Jonas and Sofia Ochigava. 

Indeed it is possible that several other former ‘amateurs’ could be rivals again since Jonas, Ochigava, Mikaela Mayer, Tiara Brown and Chantelle Cameron have all become Pros in the past year with more expected to follow. 

The Bray boxer’s Manager, Brian Peters told  respected Irish boxing journalist Ciaran Gallagher said that ‘28-year-old Sanchez – who holds one of the four widely-recognised ‘major’ world titles – was the only champion willing to fight Taylor’.  Sanchez in fact only won that title a week ago fellow countrywoman Cecilia Sofia Mena. 

Peters continued: “We made offers to a few champions and I’m glad to say that the WBA installed Katie as their mandatory challenger, so within 60 days the champion had to fight Katie,” according to the County Meath native. 

“The WBA was the first choice, but there were other titles and champions we made offers to that were declined. 

Needless to say we’re happy to get the world title and get this showcase for women’s boxing. It’s fantastic for the game,” added the manager,  who had previously complained about the lack of opponents willing to fight the former five times AIBA World ‘amateur’ champion.  

With enhanced security checks taking place at Principality Stadium, as at most sporting and concert venues in the United Kingdom, following the Manchester and London bombings, all ticket holders should expect to be thoroughly searched on entry to the venue.

Boxing fans are therefore urged to plan to arrive at the stadium in plenty of time, leave large bags at home and pay attention to the prohibited items listed at principalitystadium.wales  

Gates are set to open at 5pm, with the undercard at  commencing at7pm (approx.) and the Joshua fight  at 10.30pm (or thereabouts) 

More news in the weeks ahead.

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