Taylor lined up for Lee undercard in Limerick

World and European Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor is the latest addition to the Yanjing Fight Night at the University Sports Arena, Limerick, on Saturday, May 15.

World and European Lightweight Champion Katie Taylor is the latest addition to the Yanjing Fight Night at the University Sports Arena, Limerick, on Saturday, May 15.

The Bray woman is widely recognised as the world's best female boxer and Limerick's fight fans will get to see her in action for the first time when she features in an International Amateur contest on the undercard of local hero Andy Lee's fight with former European Champion and World title challenger, Mamadou Thiam.

The bout is all part of Taylor's preparations ahead of her defence of the World title in Barbados in September while her ultimate target remains the London Olympics in 2012.

Taylor is just back from a trip to Turkey where she participated in the prestigious Prime Ministry Cup in Ankara. The competition featured the World's best boxers, both male and female but Taylor made short work of her opponents en route to the final where a bicep injury forced her withdrawal. Despite this she still returned home with the boxer of the tournament award, proof of just how impressive her performances had been on the road to the final.

Taylor's opponent for her International Amateur contest on the Yanjing Fight Night will be confirmed shortly.

The night also features two Irish title fights and a host of Irish boxing's most promising talents.

The Irish title action will see local fan favourite Jamie Power clashing with John Waldron for the Irish Light Heavyweight title while Mayo's Michael Sweeney will be out to end Dubliner Ian Tims unbeaten record in a grudge match for the Irish Cruiserweight title.

Undefeated Cavan star Andy Murray will be looking to continue his perfect record and follow on from his impressive win over Oisin Fagan in the main event on RTÉ's last Pro Box Live show. The 27-year-old lightweight has 18 straight wins to his name in the pro ranks and is currently rated number 3 in Europe.

Recently crowned Irish Heavyweight Champ Coleman Barrett will also be in action. The Galway native has won all but one of his 12 pro fights to date with his only defeat coming to Olympic Gold medallist and new European Champ Audley Harrison in last year's Prizefighter final.

Limerick fight fans will also be excited by the return of Cuban heavyweight phenomenon Mike “The Rebel” Perez to Shannonside.

The Cork-based southpaw is unbeaten in eight pro contests and in his last Limerick appearance the former World Junior amateur Champion needed just 41 seconds to chalk up another KO victory.

Perez's compatriot Luis Garcia will also be out to impress. Despite having had just five professional fights the 22-year-old Super Middleweight is already ranked in the world's top 50 and has been described by many boxing insiders as a special talent and a future World Champion.

Another intriguing contest on the bill will see Mullingar's Paddy McDonagh taking a major step up in class as he tackles former Irish Champion and Andy Lee opponent Ciaran Healy in just his third pro fight while the Limerick based Galwegian Alan Donnellon makes his professional debut in a Light Middleweight contest.

Tickets for the Yanjing Fight Night priced €30, €40, €50, €60, €75 and €100 are available from Ticketmaster (phone 0818 719 300 or visit ticketmaster.ie) and all usual outlets.

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