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Katie Taylor has world title fight confirmed versus two-weight champ from Argentina

WBA champ Anahi Esther Sanchez [17-2, 9KOs] lies in wait for the Bray woman.

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BRAY’S KATIE TAYLOR will fight for her first professional world title on the undercard of Anthony Joshua vs Kubrat Pulev in Cardiff on 28 October.

Taylor will face Argentina’s Anahi Esther Sanchez [17-2, 9KOs], a two-weight world champion, for the latter’s WBA World lightweight belt at the Principality Stadium.

The former Olympic champion’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed the news at this afternoon’s Joshua-Pulev press conference in Cardiff.

Sanchez, 26, has been beaten twice in the past 12 months, both in super-featherweight world title fights. The Buenos Aires native moved up in weight and captured the vacant WBA World lightweight strap on Saturday night, however, following a phonebooth war with compatriot Cecilia Sofia Mena, who was stopped in the sixth round on cuts.

Her first defence will come against the 6-0 [4KOs] Taylor, in what will be the Irishwoman’s first attempt at world glory in the paid ranks.

Sanchez is a former super-featherweight world champion, beating Greece’s then-undefeated Areti Mastrodouka to take the IBF crown last March. She defended that title once, versus an unheralded fellow Argentine, before abdicating and losing out to Finland’s Eva Wahlstrom on points in Helsinki for its WBC equivalent.

Sanchez-Taylor will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office on 28 October.

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