Undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor puts her collection of belts on the line against Natasha Jonas on Saturday night in a highly anticipated showdown.
The pair last met nine years ago, when Taylor beat her Liverpool counterpart in the quarter-finals of the London Olympics before claiming the gold medal.
Since turning pro in 2016, Taylor has developed into a star not only of women’s boxing, but of boxing as a whole, winning all of her 17 fights while becoming a world champion with two weights.
There might have been some weaknesses in both of her hard-fought wins over Delfine Persoon, although she was back to her usual brilliance when she outclassed Miriam Gutierrez to a points win on points last year.
Her opponent enters the bout after a sensational performance against WBC super-featherweight champion Terri Harper, in a tie-scoring bout, despite many thinking it was Jonas who won the fight.
And while Jonas is certainly the underdog, she confidently enters the fray and tries to cause an all-powerful upset.
With the highly anticipated match-up fast approaching, Sportsmail will take you through everything you need to know.
Katie Taylor’s lightweight belts (left) are on the line against Natasha Jonas (right) on Saturday
When is Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas?
The lightweight clash between Taylor and Jonas is scheduled for Saturday, May 1 at the Manchester Arena.
The pair will head to the ring around 9pm BST, before Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker then go to battle. The time will of course depend on the outcome of the undercard promotion.
Aside from the main and co-main event, there is also an abundance of action on the undercard, including the return of Chris Eubank Jr. as Campbell Hatton fights for the second time in his professional career.
How to watch Taylor vs Jonas
With a fight of such magnitude, particularly with Derek Chisora and Joseph Parker then heading to the ring, it’s no surprise this is a pay-per-view event.
The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box Office, at a purchase price of £ 19.95.
Those purchasing the promotion can also stream the event online through the Sky Sports Box Office app, player and website.
Taylor got the better of Jonas when they met in the quarter-finals at the London Olympics
Taylor vs Jonas: the records
Height: 5ft 5in
Recording: 17W, 0L, 0D
Height: 5ft 8in
Recording: 9W, 1L, 1D
Fight card completely
- Main Event: Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker
- Co main: Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas – for Taylor’s undisputed lightweight titles
- Dmitry Bivol vs Craig Richards
- Chris Eubank Jr v Marcus Morrison
- James Tennyson v Jovanni Straffon
- Scott Fitzgerald v TBA
- Campbell Hatton v TBA
What has been said?
Taylor has been getting her training since arriving in Manchester’s bio-safe bubble
Jonas also has a session on the pads with her trainer Joe Gallagher prior to the fight
There has been a lot of talk leading up to the event, and some have argued that this is a risky fight for Taylor.
Promoter Hearn has admitted this won’t be an easy nighttime job, but insisted Taylor never turn down a challenge.
“Katie Taylor has never turned down an opponent,” Hearn told Sky Sports. “Sometimes you get a situation in British, Irish, domestic fights, whatever you want to call them, where people say, ‘Oh no, I’m not fighting her’.
Katie is like, “That’s a great fight. That’s a great fight for women’s boxing. That’s a great fight for the fans. Let’s do it”.
Hearn also insisted that Jonas enter the fight with conviction, saying, ‘Natasha Jonas has that faith again now. After that performance with Terri Harper, you watch her in the gym with Joe Gallagher.
They think they can beat Katie Taylor. She hits hard, she’s confident, she’s fitter than ever. ‘
Jonas echoed those feelings in an exclusive interview with Sportsmail. She said, ‘You go against the legend that Katie Taylor is and you expect to be the underdog, but that has always worked well for me.
“It means there’s no pressure, and it’s a fight that I really believe I can win. Whether other people believe it or not doesn’t matter. I just have to believe it. ‘
Taylor vs Jonas: the odds
Despite Jonas’ staggering performance against Harper last time, it is the champion Taylor who will compete as the all-time favorite among bookies.
The Irish woman is preferred at 1/4 to triumph, while Jonas is the underdog at 7/2.
While unlikely, a draw is entirely possible – as we saw in Jonas’ previous performance – with a 10/1 chance.