Katie Taylor is set for a return to the ring in April against an, as-yet, unconfirmed opponent before a summer title showdown where she will attempt to claim her third world belt in three weight divisions.

A unified welterweight title fight against Cecilia Braekhus had been the original plan for Taylor and her promoter Eddie Hearn before the Norweigan fighter suffered a shock defeat to America's Jessica McCaskill in August.

Braekhus and McCaskill are poised for a title rematch in March with Taylor ready to face whoever emerges victorious from that bout.

In the meantime, the undisputed lightweight champion will keep herself busy with a fight on a pay-per-view in London on 24 April.

While her opponent has yet to be named, the Bray fighter is set to put her WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO titles on the line.

According to the Irish Examiner Hearn confirmed the new schedule: "The plan is for Katie to box on a show at the end of April and assuming all goes well she will box again in June or July against the winner of McCaskill-Braekhus.

"I seem to say it every year but this one is a really big one for her because she has that chance to make even more history.

"Obviously Braekhus has been on the radar for some time but McCaskill went and upset the applecart by beating her last year - that's boxing.

"Those two are fighting again next month with it all on the line and we believe whoever wins that will defend the welterweight belts against Katie in the summer."