Former Salford champion boxer Jade Taylor eyes titles after recovering from injury crisis

Former Central Area boxing champion Jade Taylor has set her sights on titles as she looks to return to the ring later this year.

The 29-year-old made history when she became the first Female Central Area champion in April 2022 after beating Linzi Buczynskyj over ten rounds at the Oldham Leisure Centre.

Taylor was sidelined after sustaining a hand injury in the second round but further misery struck when she broke her foot just weeks later.

Taylor said: “When I injured my foot, I didn’t train for a good four to five months. I didn’t get it seen to until like three weeks after the injury, I thought I had just sprained my ankle.

“It was horrible. I went into a depressed mode. I wasn’t allowed to drive but because I am a single mom with two kids, I was still having to travel and take care of my cleaning business.”

Injury forced Taylor to vacate her Central Area Title, which former rival Linzi Buczynskyj picked up three months later after beating Chelsey Arnell.

The Salfordian, a former four-time Thai Boxing champion, played down talks of a rematch – despite Buczynskyj calling for one during her post-fight interview.

“In terms of the last two fights that Linzi has had, I don’t think that she has won either of them,” said Taylor.

“(Linzi’s) moving down a weight anyway, she’s gone down to Featherweight.”

Taylor stated that her intention is to move up the Super Featherweight rankings and secure bigger titles.

A proposed Commonwealth Title fight against Rhiannon Dixon in March never materialised but Taylor remains keen for her sixth professional fight to take place sooner rather than later.

“Now that March 11 is out of the window, it’s about ticking over and trying to get another date so I can get out there as soon as possible.

“My last outing was in April so I want to get out there and warm up, but whether it is a title fight or a warm-up fight I’m just happy to get back out there.”

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