Matthew Macklin believes that Katie Taylor is already the best pound-for-pound female boxer in the world, and will prove it over the next 12 months.

Former world title challenger, Macklin, admits that Taylor is a fighter that other fighters want to watch, knowing that the Olympic gold medallist is likely to steal the show on whatever card she appears on.

Bray native, Taylor, is fighting in Philadelphia on Friday night as she looks to add a third world title belt to her collection as she takes on reigning WBO world champion Rose Volante.

Victory would leave Taylor just one world belt short of completing her quest to become the undisputed world lightweight champion.

"Pretty much every time Katie Taylor fights, even on an Anthony Joshua card where there may be several world title fights, she steals the show," said Macklin, speaking on Sky Sports.

"Not only is she technically gifted, with her skill-set and hand speed, she is also pretty tenacious.

"She has that fan-friendly style and she likes to go to war. Sometimes she could sit back behind her jab but she likes to stand there and go into a trade off.

"I remember watching Katie's footwork, the way she bounces on her toes, gives the little feints and then closes the distance really quickly, and I tried to replicate that.

"So male, female, gender out the window, Katie Taylor is one of the best fighters in the world, and I believe she is the best pound-for-pound female fighter in the world, and she will establish and cement that over the next 12 months."

Dubliner Jono Carroll headlines the card in Philadelphia as he challenges local fighter Tevin Farmer for his IBF world title in the super featherweight division.