Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

15.06 14 Jul 2021


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Katie Taylor is to return to the ring on September 4. 

The Bray fighter will put her undisputed lightweight title on the line when she faces Jennifer Han at Headingley rugby league stadium.

The fight will be on the undercard to Mauricio Lara and Josh Warrington's rematch.

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Han is a former IBF featherweight world title holder, and a veteran of 26 fights.

The American has won each of her last eight outings, however she hasn't fought since a unanimous decision win over Jeri Sitzes in El Paso in February of 2020.

Fighting in Leeds is a dream come true for Taylor, who grew up a Leeds United supporter.

“I’m really excited to defend my Titles in front of a live crowd again and especially in Leeds,” she said.

“I grew up as a Leeds United fan so it’s fantastic to see them back in the Premier League and doing so well again.

“My last few fights have effectively been behind closed door and it’s definitely a strange experience so I think to have crowds back again and outdoors in Leeds will make for a very special atmosphere.

"I’m back in the US in training camp, working hard and focused on putting in another big performance against a tough and experienced opponent on September 4.”

Han thanked Taylor for the opportunity, adding, "Enjoy your belts while you still have them. I will see you in September.”

Warrington's rematch with Lara comes seven months after he was sensationally knocked out by the Mexican at Wembley Arena in February.

“It’s been an up and down period, time for reflection and to reassess myself, said Warrington.

“I’ve watched the first fight a dozen times, I’m mentally and physically prepared for Mauricio.

"It won’t be the same result, I want revenge. It’s going to be a huge event in Leeds, I can’t wait to get back in there and rewrite the script. It’s nothing personal, just business. September 4th we get back on track to the top.”

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