Firuza Sharipova presented Ireland’s Katie Taylor with a soccer ball in today’s weigh-in ahead of their successful Liverpool bout on Saturday.

Taylor is fighting to defend his undisputed lightweight world titles.

Both fighters arrived just below the 135-pound limit.

Taylor weighing 134 and 11 ounces and Sharipova 134 and four.

Woman Bray is looking to go (20-0) after beating Natasha Jonas and Jennifer Han earlier this year.

In a strange interaction, the Kazakh fighter presented Taylor with a Euro 2020 soccer ball.

If this was an attempt at mind games it certainly seemed like an odd direction to take as the former Republic of Ireland football international seemed elated with the present.

Taylor made 11 appearances for Ireland and scored two goals between 2006 and 2009, his last game being against tomorrow night’s opponents home country Kazakhstan.

Even though this is just a mandatory challenge for her WBA belt, Taylor has put all five of her belts up for grabs against the 27-year-old fighter who is a national treasure in her homeland.

The pair will face off in the Liverpool Arena tomorrow night.

Irish boxer Caoimhín Agyarko, who is also on the bill, has come too far in his fight against American Noe Larious.

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