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Taylor says women's fight purses "very low" compared to men's

Richie McCormack
Richie McCormack

19:45 10 Nov 2020

Katie Taylor has admitted female fighters are paid nowhere near the amounts given to their male counterparts.

The undisputed lightweight champion will headline a trio of women's fights at Wembley Arena on Saturday night when she faces Miriam Gutierrez.

Also on the card, WBC featherweight champion Terri Harper faces Katherina Thanderz, and WBA bantamweight champion Rachel Ball fights Jorgelina Guanini.

Sky Sports confirmed on Tuesday that those three fights will be viewable for free via YouTube, Facebook and skysports.com.

"For young kids to have the opportunity to watch this fight for free is absolutely fantastic," Taylor said.

"What a great opportunity it is for myself personally and every other fighter on the card – we can showcase our talents, and it’s an extra platform to inspire young girls."

While the 2012 Olympic gold medallist has been at the vanguard of women's boxing, Taylor says there is a long way still to go.

Taylor earned a reported £1million (€1,120,000) for August's defence against Delfine Persoon, with the Belgian collecting £350,000 (€392,282).

When asked about possible equal pay in the future, the Bray fighter said, "I’d love to see the purses rising. I think over the last few years we’ve made great ground on that.

"I’m personally very happy with the purses I’ve received for fights every time, but I wouldn’t say no to a pay rise either.

"I guess it is very low in comparison to what the men are getting, but that’s the way it is. I hope it increases and we are slowly building. It takes time."

Her opponent on Saturday night - Gutierrez - is unbeaten in her fourteen professional outings to date.

However, her last fight was a year ago when she beat Keren Batiz by unanimous decision to win the interim WBA World Lightweight title.

"I think she’s very good," Taylor said, "She comes in unbeaten.

"I know she’s not as well-established as someone like Persoon, but I’m expecting a very tough fight."

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