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Eddie Hearn eyes Croke Park World title fight for Taylor

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Katie Taylor [1(1)-0] could win a World title in front of 80,000 fight fans if Eddie Hearn gets his way.

Hearn had preached caution and warned against premature calls for stadium scraps when he visited Dublin with the Irish sporting legend last week.

However, after watching the reaction to the London 2012 gold medal winner’s debut, while being equally impressed by her first pro display, the Matchroom boss has somewhat changed his tune.

The plan was two quick fights before Christmas, and then a St Patrick’s Day weekend trip to New York for the small matter of an appearance on a Gennady Golovkin undercard, before returning to Ireland to win a World title.

Taylor has requested she get’s the World title fight at home. and last week Hearn was talking about selling out the 3Arena, now however he sees Croker as an option.

“I believe she can win a world title now, but there is no value in winning a world title now,” the promoter said reflecting on her debut win over Karina Kopinska.

“Let’s become huge and then go to, I thought the 3Arena, but now I guess we’ll have to say Croke Park.”

While there has never been doubts about The Bray BC graduates talent, her amateur medal haul is bettered by none, there was a degree of nervousness around how people would take to pro female fighting.

Taylor’s supreme talent left experienced pundits, fighters, coaches and fight fans impressed on Saturday night, prompting people to admit she is a massively skilled fighter not just a talented female fighter.

Hearn believes Saturday went perfectly and claims the sky is the limit for the Sky fighter.

“I have said that these first two fights are so important to get the right start and honestly, I couldn’t be happier with how it went in the first one. Even if I wrote the script for this, it wouldn’t have been this good.”

“The pressure for Katie was not just getting the win. The pressure was on the style of fighting. She could have gone in there and boxed really nicely for six round behind the jab, everyone would have clapped and then decided; ‘I’m not watching that again.'”

“But I had a feeling that this is how it was going to be. You only have to watch her on the pads to see a tempo, a rhythm and the style of fighting she brings to this. Katie Taylor is something special.”

“The sky’s the limit. I think, realistically five or six before we go back to Ireland.”

“We want to go out to box in America, see what happens there, give her a chance to become a superstar then back to Ireland for the big one.”


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