One would possibly additionally quiz it natural, inevitable even, for a boxer who has skilled the success that Katie Taylor has to as soon as in some time expend her glance off the prize — but outdated to her 20th authentic fight this weekend in Liverpool, the Bray girl says that she is taking Firuza Sharipova as severely as someone she has ever traded blows with.
The 14-1 Kazakh fighter Sharipova has been notably vocal on social media outdated to Saturday’s fight, a effectively-used tactic in opposition to a fighter of Taylor’s calibre, but opted for a more respectful map when the 2 came face-to-face this week.
“I rep unprecedented appreciate for Katie Taylor,” Sharipova acknowledged by using translation. “She has been my idol the total time, but I’ve come right here to take. This fight is necessary for me, and I rep completed the total lot imaginable to attain my dream and take the fight.”
It used to be a critical distinction to some of Sharipova’s prior statements, designed, presumably, to gain 22 situation Taylor ready where she doesn’t ask a risk from her opponent. Nonetheless as Taylor later acknowledged, she has realized her classes by map of underestimating her foes.
“I heard she used to be being relatively vocal for the past few weeks, but she seemed moderately respectful up there. It’s what it’s,” she acknowledged. “I don’t procure it onerous at all to encourage myself in fights love these. I’m definitely privy to the difficulty I face.
“I’m factual sizable focussed on the job in hand. I do know no opponent would possibly additionally additionally be overpassed.”
A take in opposition to Sharipova will amplify speculation of worthy-hyped showdown with Amanda Serrano in some unspecified time in the future subsequent three hundred and sixty five days in what would likely be the greatest fight in the history of ladies folks’s boxing. Nonetheless as Taylor used to be titillating to boom, all that issues ethical now would possibly presumably be Saturday evening.
“I rep to procure via Saturday evening after which clearly concentrate on the simpler fights. I’m mindful that there are several sizable fights available in the market for me with the simpler title that will additionally presumably happen subsequent three hundred and sixty five days. I realized my lesson the onerous map. So, I’m one hundred per cent titillating and one hundred p.c focussed on inserting in a broad performance.”