Katie Taylor will look to defend her lightweight titles against Jennifer Han this weekend and eventually go on to become the unified champion of her division
Undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor will cling on to her world titles for as long as possible.
Taylor will defend her five lightweight belts this weekend against Jennifer Han on the undercard of Mauricio Lara’s rematch with Josh Warrington in Leeds.
Former IBF featherweight champion Han is mandatory challenger for Taylor’s belts having relinquished her title last July and will make her lightweight debut this weekend.
And despite a queue of mandatory challengers waiting in the wings, Taylor does not want to give up any of her straps.
“I’m going to try my best to hold on to every one of those belts for as long as I can. This is what I’m in the sport for,” she said.
“I want to make history, I want to be a World Champion and I want to hold all of the belts – I’m all in. The women are definitely more inclined to take a few more risks and actually go in and take the bigger fights.
“I love that about the female fighters. We actually want the big fights. We’re willing and able to actually step in the ring and fight all of these other champions.”
Taylor last fought against Natasha Jonas in May edging past her by split decision. It was the pair’s second fight, as Taylor beat Jonas on her way to winning gold in the 2012 Olympics.
And of the past year, she continued: “I think the last 12 months have been fantastic for me personally. I’m still sitting here as the Undisputed Champion, 18-0 with some fantastic performances and some amazing fights under my belt.
“The fights I’ve been in have elevated women’s boxing to another level. This is the pinnacle of professional boxing – holding all of the belts.
“That’s what everyone in professional boxing wants to do. Everyone’s dream is to become the undisputed champion.”
Taylor’s opponent Pan is a veteran of 25 fights and has a professional record of 18-3-1.
But in the past three years, Pan has only fought once inside the ring, defeating Jeri Sitzes last February.
And Taylor isn’t looking past her opponent this weekend, stating: “I’m expecting the toughest fight from Jennifer. She has a lot of amateur experience and she’s a very technical fighter. She’s a six-time World Champion.
“She was my No.1 Mandatory as well so I had to take the fight. These girls have stepped up – they’ve boxed beyond themselves, they have raised their game against me.
“I’m expecting a very very tough fight and I’m going to be prepared like I have been for every single fight I’ve had over the last few years.”