Eddie Hearn acknowledges the barrier-breaking enormity of signing his first female fighter in Katie Taylor, but the Matchroom chief notes how it is a good business decision rather than a charitable move.
Nineteen-time major medal-winner Taylor enters the pro game with a huge reputation and instantaneously becomes the most high-profile professional female fighter in Britain and Ireland.
Hearn admits to being drawn to the 30 year old’s mentality, as well as her profile in Ireland. The English promoter commented on how “she is one of the most decorated amateur boxers of all time and a public icon in Ireland. I met Katie for the first time last week and was fascinated by her desire to not just win World titles but to break down the barriers of women’s boxing, she is an incredible role model.”
“Today marks a significant day for our sport with the news that Katie is joining the professional ranks.”
Hearn feels that the Wicklow woman will bring excitement to her fights and promises that she will win over those who are not yet aware of her talents when she trades leather for the first time in London on November 26th, before heading to Manchester for the Anthony Joshua PPV undercard on December 10th.
He explained that “boxing is a sport open to all but it’s also an entertainment business. Anyone who has watched Katie fight knows how exciting she is and anyone who hasn’t is really going to enjoy her journey on Sky Sports. I’m really excited by this challenge and we are committed to giving Katie the opportunities she needs to achieve her dreams.”
Sky Sports Head of Boxing Adam Smith added that “Katie is an outstanding boxer and this is great news for her and all the fans who have followed her incredible career. She has shown what an inspiration she is to young people through her role as a Sky Sports Living For Sport ambassador, and we’re very excited for her first professional fight live on Sky Sports in November.”
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