Katie Taylor will face an unbeaten challenger for her next title defense.
BoxingScene.com has confirmed that Argentina’s Karen Elizabeth ‘La Burbuja’ Carabajal will be next in line for Ireland’s Taylor, who puts her undisputed lightweight championship at stake. The bout will headline an October 29 DAZN show from OVO Arena Wembley in London, with the event expected to be confirmed in the coming days.
Carabajal (19-0, 2KOs) will fight outside of her native Argentina for the first time in more than nine years as a pro, while also entering her first career title fight.
The undefeated 32-year-old contender from Buenos Aires primarily campaigns as a junior lightweight but has previously fought at the 135-pound limit. Carabajal enters the fight on the heels of a points win in April, following her lone two career knockout victories which came in a back-to-back fights in 2021.
Taylor (21-0, 6KOs) will attempt the seventh defense of her undisputed championship and fourteenth overall defense of at least one lightweight title dating back to 2017. In fact, the weigh-in for this upcoming fight will mark the fifth anniversary of her October 2017 WBA lightweight title win over Anahi Esther Sanchez, which took place on the Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam undercard in Cardiff, Wales.
Taylor has since fully unified the lightweight division, and also enjoyed a one-fight stay at junior welterweight where she claimed the WBO title to become a two-division champ. She enters this title defense on the heels of her split decision win over record-setting, seven-division champion Amanda Serrano in their April 30 blockbuster fight between pound-for-pound stars in front of a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The Fight of the Year-level battle naturally generated demand for an immediate rematch. Efforts were made to secure such a fight, though the two will go their separate ways for the time being. For Taylor, it means a return to the UK and to the very venue where she made her November 2016 pro debut following her second Olympic tour.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox