Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

20.23 19 Mar 2021


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Katie Taylor will be back in the ring on May 1, and her opponent will be very familiar to her. 

The undisputed lightweight world champion will face Natasha Jonas, the woman she beat in the quarter-finals of London 2012 en route to her famous gold medal.

The reunion of the Olympic foes will happen on the undercard to the heavyweight meeting of Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker.

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Jonas will go into the fight off the back of a battling draw with fellow Brit Terri Harper during the Fight Camp series in August of 2020.

The 36-year old has eleven professional fights under her belt, with her sole defeat in that time coming to Viviane Obenauf in Cardiff in 2018.

Taylor's last outing saw her beat Miriam Gutierrez by unanimous decision to retain her lightweight belts.

Matchroom promoter Eddier Hearn says the meeting of Taylor and Jonas promises to be a "tremendous fight", adding, "When Katie Taylor turned pro around the same time as Natasha Jonas, we all presumed that fight was an absolute given.

"Natasha Jonas suffered a shock defeat, but she's come back. And her performance against Terri Harper was tremendous.

"And she's earned the right to challenge for another world title.

"Katie Taylor - who's always wanted to rematch Natasha Jonas - says 'she deserves her shot'. That's a big fight.

"Let's do it, and it's Dublin (Bray!) against Liverpool, and it's a massive all-female fight, and the undisputed lightweight world championship on the line."

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