WEEKEND BOXING

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STAR PREVIEW Sat: Weekend Boxing Preview

Two iconic boxing figures return this weekend and they are both looking to add yet another historic chapter to their glittering boxing careers. On home soil, Katie Taylor will put her IBF, WBO, WBC & WBA lightweight titles on the line against Karen Carabajal at London’s Wembley Arena while over in the USA, Vasyl Lomachenko returns after ten months out to put the 135lb men’s division on notice.

If Katie Taylor retired tomorrow, she would walk away from the sport as one of the greatest to ever do it, but she has reiterated that she remains committed to pushing the boundaries of women’s boxing and winning more world titles. This will be the first time the Irish hero has fought since her modern-day classic with Amanda Serrano back in April and while many boxers would look for an easy fight back, Taylor will be facing off against Karen Carabajal who is undefeated and dangerous.

It will take a special fighter to beat Katie Taylor and it would be ambitious to say Carabajal fits that description but the Argentinean has earnt her shot at the champion and she is backed heavily by former world champion Marcus Maidana. With a 19-0 (2KO) undefeated record, the 32-year-old arrives in London full of confidence and will pose a threat to Taylor if the war with Serrano has taken something away from her.

As the ultimate professional, Taylor will not have taken Carabajal lightly but she is 34 now and at some point, her extensive amateur and professional career will catch up with her. She has a lot of miles and the clock and like every great boxer, the expiry date usually creeps up on them without notice.

The end of Katie Taylor’s career is getting close but there are still a few wins to add to her record before then. As a proud challenger, Carabajal will put up a brave battle but she is not in the same league as Taylor when it comes to boxing fundamentals. The lightweight champion should have enough to get this done by decision.

One fight on the undercard to keep an eye on is the featherweight bout between Jordan Gill and Kiko Martinez. Gill has always been considered a future world title contender but his career has stalled lately and at 28, he needs to start delivering on the big nights.

His last win against Karim Guerfi was an incredible one punch knockout, but he was in a lot of trouble during that contest and sustained yet another injury. A fight like this against a former world champion is the perfect opportunity for Gill to demonstrate his world title credentials.

The career of Kiko Martinez has been nothing short of phenomenal. Hailing from Spain, the 36-year-old is a former two weight world champion and a future hall of famer. At this stage of his career, he is a faded force but his knockout of Kid Galahad last year proved he can still spring an upset when the pressure is on.

Jordan Gill is yet to have his defining night as a professional but this could be it. Martinez is not the force of old but he will always engage in a fight and that could be a blessing for the home fighter. Gill will find ample opportunity to land hurtful shots on Martinez this weekend and he will know he needs to make a statement. Gill to win by KO/TKO at (11/4) is worth some consideration.

At Maddison Square Garden, Vasyl Lomachenko will take on American Jamaine Ortiz and the immensely talented Ukrainian will be looking to remind the 135lb division that he is still a live contender. As a double Olympic champion and a former three weight world champion, Lomachenko his headed for the hall of fame but he has his eyes set on one more world title push before he hangs up the gloves.

The lightweight division is arguably the most attractive in the entire sport and at his best, Lomachenko can mix it with any lightweight in the world. The Ukrainian has suffered with some injuries in recent years but he insists those are behind him and he is back better than ever.

Jamaine Ortiz is a very credible opponent and his victory over former world champion Jamel Herring is an impressive piece of form but he is taking an enormous step up this weekend and looks outgunned in every department in this matchup.

Lomachenko isn’t the biggest puncher in the world but he hits with enough spite to trouble a young fighter like Ortiz and it will be difficult for the American to deal with sustained pressure from an elite talent like Lomachenko.

Like Taylor, the end is near for Lomachenko and bigger tests lie ahead for the former three weight world champion but expect him to shine this weekend and take out Ortiz before the final bell (6/5).

JORDAN NEILD


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