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Another reason to watch Katie Taylor’s debut tonight – as if you needed one

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Katie Taylor enters the glitzy world of pro boxing tonight in London.

The Bray super featherweight debuts on the ‘Big City Dreams’ card live on Sky Sports 2 at the Wembley Arena, and fans should expect something a bit different.

With promoter Eddie Hearn and manager Brian Peters, Taylor could not have chosen a better team in terms of adding a bit of glamour and interest to her fights – starting this evening against Poland’s Karina Kopinska.

During his days on RTÉ, Peters became famed for his extravagant ring entrances for Bernard Dunne, with drums, pipers, and even at one stage a fake Dunne [ably played by Paul Griffin].

While it may seem from the outside that this sort of fan-fare is not something that would appeal to Taylor, the truth is much the opposite, and the Wicklow woman stated how “I cant wait for that!”

The ring-walk music is being kept under wraps, and a nickname is yet to be decided – although Taylor joked that ‘Thunderbolt’ would be a good ring moniker.

While she is excited for the high-profile event, Taylor stressed that she wont be doing anything out of character, so a Prince Naz-style magic carpet may be out of the equation. Instead the 30 year old opines that “I’m just going to be myself.”

Peters is promising something special for the debut of the amateur legend tonight and coyly added how “we’ve a few bits, we’re working on a few bits.”

What this will be, we wont know for couple of hours, although Taylor added with a laugh: “I’ll be coming out on Brian’s shoulders!”

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie