'These are the fights that get the best out of me.' Emily Harney/INPHO

'It's a bit more nerve-racking but these are the kind of fights that I dream of'

Katie Taylor is relishing her World title shot in Cardiff this weekend.

KATIE TAYLOR STEPS back into the ring on Saturday for her seventh professional bout. This time around though, there’s a title at stake.

The Bray native is fighting for her first World title in the paid ranks, challenging Argentina’s Anahin Esther Sanchez (17-2) for the WBA lightweight title, on the undercard of Anthony Joshua v Carlos Takam in Cardiff.

Taylor made her professional debut at the end of November 2016, and has been undefeated since then — winning six straight fights, four by knockout.

She’s well aware that this weekend brings a new challenge.

26-year-old Sanchez is a a two-weight World champion as things stand, her first defence coming against Taylor. It’s a challenge the Irish Olympian is relishing.

“It’s very exciting,” she told Sky Sports in Cardiff Airport earlier today.

“When I first sat down with Eddie (Hearn), we always planned to box for a World title within the space of a year so we’re definitely on track.

“It’s just very exciting. I’m obviously expecting a very, very tough fight and I can’t wait.

She continues: “It’s definitely a bit more intense and a bit more nerve-racking for this fight.

“There’s a lot on the line. But these are the kind of fights that I dream of really and these are the fights that get the best out of me as well. I can’t wait for it.”

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