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Katie Taylor: My goal is to unify the lightweight titles

Katie Taylor looks to add a third belt to her collection in March.

Katie Taylor v Eva Wahlstrom Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Katie Taylor has two of the four major world titles at 135 pounds, and the Irish superstar is going for a third when she faces Rose Volante on March 15 in Philadelphia.

Taylor (12-0, 5 KO) has the WBA and IBF titles in her possession already, and Brazil’s Volante (14-0, 8 KO) has the WBO title.

Taylor says her ultimate goal is to unify all the belts at lightweight:

“Ever since I won my first world title as a pro my goal has been to unify the lightweight titles, so this is obviously a massive step towards that. Volante is unbeaten so I’m expecting a tough fight, but that’s exactly the kind of challenge I want. I think the better the opponent and the bigger the challenge, the better I will perform.”

If Taylor is successful in March, that will leave just the WBC title, currently held by Belgium’s Delfine Persoon (42-1, 17 KO), one of the top fighters in the game.

That would be a huge fight for women’s boxing, and it could line up right, too, as Persoon is slated to fight on March 9, defending her title against Melissa St. Vil (11-3-4, 1 KO) at home in Belgium.

The March 15 card in Philadelphia is headlined by an IBF super featherweight title bout between hometown fighter Tevin Farmer and Irish challenger Jono Carroll.

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