Unbeaten Katie Taylor puts her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring lightweight titles against Natasha Jonas on May 1. Can Jonas get some Olympic revenge, or will Taylor remain undefeated?
Katie Taylor v Natasha Jonas Betting Tips & Predictions
Katie Taylor is the benchmark when it comes to women’s boxing. She turned professional in 2016 after representing Ireland in the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Since making her professional debut, she has gone from strength to strength and became the undisputed lightweight champion when she defeated Delfine Persoon in 2019.
Any fighter with any ambition wants to get in the ring with Taylor, and Liverpool fighter Natasha Jonas is no different.
These two are familiar with each other, as they met at the London Olympics in 2021 with Taylor winning 26-15 on points to secure a semi-final place.
They will meet again 11 years later, and although Jonas is more mature and skilful than she was in 2012, you can’t argue that Taylor hasn’t got any better.
Jonas originally quit the sport in 2015 to start a family, but she returned to the ring in 2017 and has won nine of her 11 professional fights.
Her only defeat was a fourth-round TKO to Viviane Obenauf in 2018, but she captured the heart of the United Kingdom when she battled to a 10-round draw with WBC and IBO super-featherweight champion Terri Harper – with many feeling Jonas was robbed.
This will be Jonas’ second world title opportunity, and although she impressed against Harper, facing off against Taylor is a different prospect altogether.
Jonas will not back down, and she doesn’t know how to quit, but I have to back Taylor in this one. It should be a war, and I expect it to go the full distance with the Irishwoman winning on points.
Katie Taylor v Natasha Jonas: Fighter’s Predictions
Natasha Jonas: “People saying that I can’t brings out the best in me. From the Harper fight, the odds and bookies were absolutely ridiculous – they’ll never do that again. Even though I am the underdog for this fight, it’s not the same odds as Harper, it’s a lot closer. I’ve got nothing to lose and if you’re in a fight for the four belts on the biggest stage, the biggest platform and you can’t get yourself up mentally then you’re probably in the wrong sport. I’ve got absolutely nothing to lose and I’ll be presenting the best version of myself mentally and physically on the night and she has to be able to deal with that. I proved last time I am world level. I know I have to be that and better for Taylor. I wanted a challenge, I want to stay at this level, I want to be competing at this level and be winning at this level, more importantly. I think certain boxers have auras around them, like Canelo, like Taylor, like Lomachenko. You think, ‘They’re unbeatable, they’re indestructible.’ Then someone comes along and beats them, and just shows that they are human. I think Persoon has shown that in Katie, that she is just human, and when I step into the ring with her on May 1, I’m not stepping into the ring with the aura and what everybody else believes. I’m stepping in against another human. (I have) Nothing to lose and everything to gain. There’s no pressure on me whatsoever and I’ll be putting my best foot forward. I just hope she is too. I love proving people wrong, and I love proving other people right. Me and [trainer] Joe (Gallagher) were saying before the Harper fight, there’s nothing that she does that’s better than me, and nobody believed it. Nobody believed that I could win, nobody. I was saying, ‘Okay, we’ll see.’ That’s exactly the same for this fight. Okay, you don’t believe it. I don’t need you to see it. I don’t need you to believe it, but I’m telling you, ‘You’ll see.'”
Katie Taylor: “I’m focusing on Natasha Jonas. It feels like the whole world is calling me out sometimes! I didn’t watch the fight closely (Harper v Jonas), to be honest, but I thought it was a great fight. She was a big underdog against Harper and she performed very, very well. I know her from the amateur game, we fought a couple of times including at the London Olympics. It was always a very close fight in the amateurs and I’m looking forward to this.”