Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron have been warned – “‘Pink Tyson is coming for you !’”
Taylor and Cameron are stars of the women’s lightweight division – they hold four world championships between them – and are on the radar of Kallia Kourouni, the 27 year-old Greek known as ‘Pink Tyson.’
She holds the IBF super-featherweight title and hopes victory in her next fight will keep her on course for possible superfights.
Kourouni will be matched over six rounds on Costas Evangelou’s show at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on Saturday, April 20 and according to trainer Johnny Edwards, the fight marks the start of a huge year for his fighter.
He said: “There are good fights out there at super-featherweight against Natasha Jonas and Viviane Obenauf (who handed Kourouni an early-career defeat) and we can go up through the weights.
“We need to have a couple more and then look to mix it with girls like Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron if the offer is right.
“Kallia has a very busy style and with Katie Taylor’s in-and-out boxing, that would make for an attractive fight.
“Kallia wants to challenge the big names and that is when we will see the best of her.”
There’s also the possibility of a rematch with Devon’s Kristine Shergold. She outpointed Kourouni in a non-title 10 rounder last year and they could meet again with the world championship on the line.
Edwards says fans will see a much improved Kourouni next month now she has regular sparring with top-class amateur Alanna Nihell, whose husband Chez made a winning start to his pro career on the Chris Eubank jr-James DeGale undercard.
“They are doing lots of rounds,” said Edwards, “and it’s really bringing Kallia on.
“We’ve got her throwing more straight shots – and a better variety of punches. She always had the heart and professionalism and now she’s getting good sparring, she’s really coming on.”