Wednesday 25 October 2017 17:41, UK
Katie Taylor says fighting for her first world title this Saturday in Cardiff is a dream come true.
Taylor will fight Anahi Sanchez (17-2-0) for the WBA female lightweight title on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's bout with Carlos Takam, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
The world title opportunity comes nearly 11 months to the day from when she made her professional debut.
Taylor said: "It's very exciting. When I first sat down with Eddie (Hearn), we always planned to box for a world title in the space of a year, so we are definitely on track.
"It's just very exciting. I am expecting a tough fight. These are the kind of fights I dream of. I can't wait."
The Bray boxer has won all six of her pro contests, with four of those wins coming inside the distance. She has boxed in London, Manchester, New York and will now fight in Cardiff.
Taylor is a hugely popular figure in Ireland, her amateur success included gold at the 2012 Olympics and she has also represented her country in football making 18 senior appearances.
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Saturday provides a new challenge as she aims to become Ireland's first female boxing world champion.
She added: "It's a bit more intense and a bit more nerve-racking for this fight. There's a lot on the line but these are the fights that get the best out of me. I can't wait for it."
Watch Anahi Sanchez vs Katie Taylor on the Joshua vs Takam undercard, from the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, on Saturday, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Book via your Sky remote or online.