Taylor back to defend her titles after a thrilling win over Serrano in New York (Picture: Getty)

Katie Taylor will defend her undisputed lightweight crown against Karen Elizabeth Carabajal in London on 29 October.

The Irish icon defended her IBF, WBC, WBA and WBO titles against Amanda Serrano in April, the first time two women have headlined New York’s famed Madison Square Garden.

There had been hope that Taylor’s next fight would be a rematch against the Puerto Rican with a homecoming fight at Croke Park discussed in the summer.

For now, however, the 36-year-old will return to the scene of her professional debut at the O2 Arena to take on undefeated Argentina’s Carabajal.

‘It’s hard to believe it’s been almost six years since I made by pro debut there so it’s great to go back now and headline,’ said Taylor.

‘It’s been an amazing journey so far but there are still lots of great fights out there for me and I’m excited about what’s still to come.’

‘I’m delighted to see Katie back in action following her epic victory over Amanda in a historic night in New York,” said Eddie Hearn.

Taylor and Serrano fought out a classic in April (Picture: Getty)

‘Katie is one of the superstars of boxing and more than that a pioneer for women’s sport, and it’s great to have her return to the arena that she made her debut in 2016.

‘It’s always an honour to stage Katie’s fights and I have no doubt that after her fight of the year with Amanda in April, a new wave of fans will pack the Wembley Arena to see this icon perform against the tough, hungry and unbeaten Argentine.’

Carabajal, who is promoted by Argentine fight great Marcos Maidana, has won all 19 of her professional fights and will be fighting outside her homeland for the first time.  

On the undercard, Jordan Gill will defend his European featherweight title against former IBF champion Kiko Martinez, who was dethroned by Josh Warrington earlier this year.

Irish super-welterweight Caoimhin Agyarko also returns to action to take on undefeated American Peter Dobson.


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