Katie Taylor vs Jennifer Han: ‘The Bray Bomber’ backed to overcome another tough test

Undisputed lightweight world champion Katie Taylor defends her belts against Jennifer Han on the Mauricio Lara-Josh Warrington undercard on September 4…

Katie Taylor returns to the ring next month as she defends her WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO world lightweight titles against Jennifer Han.

This will be her second fight of the year. She retained her belts in May against fellow Brit Natasha Jonas.

A hard-fought 10  rounds between Taylor and Jonas resulted in the champion having her hand raised. The judges scored it 96-95, 96-95 and 96-94, all in favour of The Bray Bomber.

The former Olympic gold medallist loves testing herself against the best, and she will do that again when she faces Han on September 4.

The American has a mixed record of 18-3-1 as a professional and she also had three no contests early in her career.

Yet she is on an eight-fight winning streak and she was the IBF world featherweight champion for five years between 2015 and 2020.

Han made her lightweight debut in February 2020 as she beat Jeri Sitzes via a unanimous decision.

Planet Sport Bet have Taylor priced as a 1/33 favourite to come out victorious. Han, meanwhile, is a 14/1 outsider to cause an upset on fight night.

*Odds correct at the time of publication

The stats that matter…

Taylor and Han are like for like in terms of their reach (66"). They also both box out of an orthodox stance in the ring.

The El Paso-born fighter made her pro debut seven years before Taylor, but she has been far less active than her opponent.

Han has only fought twice since February 2018. Her last outing came against Sitzes last year. Before that, she beat Spaniard Lizbeth Crespo via a unanimous decision.

Taylor, meanwhile, fought twice last year in spite of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic before she bested Jonas in May.

The American is not known for her punch power, as only one of her 15 professional victories have come via stoppage.

'KT' has beaten six of her 18 opponents via TKO/KO (33%). Her last five wins have come on points, though, as her last stoppage win was over Rose Volante in March 2019.

What would a victory mean for Taylor?

Aged 35, The Bray Bomber has already established her legacy given what she has achieved both as an amateur and a professional.

She won gold medals at the Olympics, World Championships and European Championships before she went onto become a two-weight world champion in the pro ranks.

At this stage in her career, Taylor is looking for the biggest fights possible and she has proven that she is not afraid to step in with the world's best.

Han will provide another tough challenge next month. Though Taylor will be expected to use her superior boxing prowess to chip away at her opponent to triumph and keep her undefeated record intact.

Looking ahead, Taylor has made it clear that she wants to step up to welterweight in an attempt to become Ireland's first-ever three-weight world champion.

A rematch against Jessica McCaskill looks to be in the pipeline. Taylor beat her via a unanimous decision in 2017.

McCaskill has bounced back since then, however. She is on the back of two victories over Cecilia Braekhus which have seen her become the undisputed world welterweight champion.

Eddie Hearn is keen to make Taylor vs McCaskill II and if everything goes to plan, it should happen by the start of 2022.

When and where?

Taylor vs Han is the chief support for Josh Warrington's rematch against Mauricio Lara on September 4 at the Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds.

Where can I watch it?

The event will be streamed via DAZN in the UK and across the world. The main card is due to start at 2pm ET in the US and 7pm in the UK.

Taylor and Han should make their ring walks at around 4pm ET in the States and 9pm in the UK. The subscription price for DAZN is £1.99 per month. In the US, it costs $19.99 per month or $99.99 per year.

The full card

- Mauricio Lara vs Josh Warrington

- Katie Taylor vs Jennifer Han

Conor Benn vs Adrian Granados

- Jovanni Straffon vs Maxi Hughes

- Hopey Price vs Zahid Hussain

- Mali Wright vs Anthony Woolery

- Brandon Stansfield MJ Hall

- Ebanie Bridges vs TBA

- Jack Bateson vs TBA

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