It is nine years since the duo met in an epic lightweight quarter-final clash in the women’s Olympic boxing tournament at London 2012, with Ireland’s Taylor triumphing 26-15 en route to gold medal glory.
The trailblazing Bray Bomber has obviously gone from strength to strength since then, becoming a two-weight world champion as a professional and reigning as the undisputed queen of the lightweight division.
The dominant Taylor is 17-0 as a pro and has successfully defended all the lightweight titles in a rematch against Delfine Persoon and in November’s comfortable points win over Miriam Gutierrez of Spain.
She will be the heavy favourite to do so again against Liverpool’s Jonas, who was unable to take home the WBC and IBO super-featherweight titles after a thrilling but controversial draw with Terri Harper last August.
Taylor vs Jonas fight card/undercard in full
Saturday’s clash will act as the chief support for Derek Chisora’s heavyweight showdown against Joseph Parker.
An impressive Matchroom card also includes Craig Richards’ WBA light-heavyweight title challenge against Dmitry Bivol as well as Chris Eubank Jr and Campbell Hatton’s second professional contest.
- Derek Chisora vs Joseph Parker
- Katie Taylor vs Natasha Jonas – for Taylor’s undisputed lightweight titles
- Dmitry Bivol vs Craig Richards – for Bivol’s WBA light-heavyweight title
- Chris Eubank Jr v Marcus Morrison
- James Tennyson v Jovanni Straffon – for vacant IBO lightweight title
- Campbell Hatton v Levi Dunn
- Scott Fitzgerald v Gregory Trenel
Taylor vs Jonas date, start time, venue and ring walks
Taylor vs Jonas is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 1, 2021. The fight is being held at the AO Arena in Manchester.
Ring walks for the co-main event are expected at around 9pm BST, though that will depend on the length of the other undercard bouts, as ever.
How to watch Taylor vs Jonas
TV channel: Saturday’s event is being shown live on Sky Sports Box Office, with the price set at £19.95.
Live stream: Those who have purchased the event can also watch the action live online via the Sky Sports Box Office player or the Sky Sports Box Office app.
Taylor vs Jonas weigh-in talk
Jonas (134.7lbs) and Taylor (134.8 lbs) agree that their memorable fight at the Olympics will have little bearing on this weekend’s showdown.
Jonas told PA: “It’s a totally different sport, really, and I think we are two completely different boxers from then. She’s not fighting 2012 Tasha Jonas, she’s fighting the 2021 Tasha Jonas.
“It’s the same for me – I’m not fighting that Katie, I’m fighting this Katie. It was a great experience in that time at that present, unfortunately she beat the best version of me at that time but now we’re two different people.”
Asked whether she has a mental edge over her Liverpool rival, Taylor (17-0, 6KOs) said: “I wouldn’t really draw too much from what happened in the last fight. It’s just a new fight and it’s a brand new day.
“We’re both at the pinnacle of our pro careers, we’re both completely different fighters so it’s going to be a completely different fight.”
Taylor vs Jonas fight prediction
This should be a tougher test for Taylor against the experienced and wily Jonas, who is looking to become a world champion for the first time at the age of 36.
The Liverpool southpaw will have taken great confidence from her performance against Harper, even if she was denied victory in the end.
However, Taylor is just too good and should produce another comfortable points win here, with only six of her 17 pro wins to date coming via stoppage.
Taylor vs Jonas betting odds
- Taylor to win: 1/4
- Jonas to win: 9/2
- Draw: Between 10/1 and 11/1
- Taylor by KO/TKO or DQ: 11/5
- Taylor by decision/technical decision: 1/14
- Jonas by KO/TKO or DQ: 17/2
- Jonas by decision/technical decision: 5/6