Katie Taylor has spoken of her delight and excitement at making her debut at the legendary Madison Square Garden venue two days before she defends her titles against Finland's Eva Wahlstrom.
Taylor and Wahlstrom are familier foes from their amateur days with the Bray fighter consistently holding the upper hand, winning all three of their bouts.
However, the 38-year old Wahlstrom has carved out a successful professional career (22-0-1, 3KOs) and is widely acknowledged to be Taylor's toughest opponent to date.
"I know Eva from the amateur days and we met on many occasions," Taylor said in a Madison Square Garden press conference this evening.
"She is a great competitor and a fantastic fighter. We are both here to win on Saturday evening, so somebody's '0' has got to go as they say. I can't wait for what is going to be an exciting fight."
Taylor, who is believed to be targeting a bout against WBO champion Rose Valente in the US next March, is still massive favourite to maintain her 100% record at the weekend.
The fight is on the Canelo Alvarez-Rocky Fielding undercard and Taylor hugely excited by the prospect of fighting in the famous New York venue this weekend.
"I think every fighter dreams about stepping in the ring there and I’m no different"
"I’ve been lucky enough to fight in some iconic venues since turning pro two years ago but I’m not sure there’s any more iconic in a boxing sense than Madison Square Garden. I think every fighter dreams about stepping in the ring there and I’m no different," said Taylor.
"To get the opportunity to defend my world titles there is really very exciting."