Jane Couch: Katie Taylor is ready for a world title fight

The former world champion has been impressed by the Irishwoman

Jane Couch: Katie Taylor is ready for a world title fight

Ireland's Katie Taylor celebrates. Image: ©INPHO/Ryan Byrne

Former world champion Jane Couch believes Katie Taylor is already at world championship level as she prepares for her fifth professional fight.

Taylor will fight on the undercard of the huge heavyweight clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium this weekend.

The Bray native is currently 4-0 with 2 KOs as she continues to find her feet in the professional ranks

She faces undefeated Nina Meinke on Saturday night and speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the bout, former world champion Couch said: "Katie's definitely ready to fight for a world title in terms of her skillset. 

"Katie could probably fight for a world title now as long as she keeps using the skills that she's got. The standard is no better than her if you look at the current champions - they're not any more skillful than Katie.

"They're just more experienced and that counts, say the first time Katie gets cut, or the first time Katie goes down.

"Does she panic? I don't think she will because of her amateur experience, but until she fights for a world title we're not going to know. Either way she's there or thereabouts." 

Taylor's next opponent also has a win over Karina Kopinska - a unanimous decision victory last August. The German is undefeated in five professional bouts. The pair have secured prominent placement on one of the biggest boxing cards of the year and will square off three fights before the main event.