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Eddie Hearn gives Katie Taylor Homecoming update

Eddie Hearn hasn’t closed the door on what would prove a massive Katie Taylor home coming.

The Matchroom boss claims it’s something Sky and Matchroom would ‘love’ to do and it’s something that would prove important to the fighter herself, but was non committal with regard to date or plans.

A massive ‘Homecoming’ for one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes has been discussed since the first press conference to officially announce she had turned over and gone pro.

A fight night at the 3Arena had long been promised by promoter Hearn but was put off twice before being shelved ‘indefinitely’ – with Taylor’s manager reasoning that he was advised that the climate was “not conducive” to a card in Dublin

Cork and Belfast were also discussed as possibilities but, as of yet the unified world champion and a fighter many believe could do stadium numbers with the right card has yet to fight in Ireland.

Speaking to RTÉ 2fm’s Game On programme, Hearn as part of press duties for his book, Relentless: 12 Rounds To Success, revealed it was something that ‘should’ happen, but suggests the UK and America will play host to her fights for now.

“Boxing in Ireland has had some great night over the years. I remember being in Mill Street in Cork for Chris Eubank vs Steve Collins 1.

“The atmosphere was incredible. We’ve been blessed to have so many great nights in Belfast as well. We get asked the question a lot about coming to Ireland and we know it is had its problems.

“To be honest with you, when we started out and Katie was boxing on all the big shows in England and then we went to America, she has become a bit of a global star.

“She does have aspirations to fight in Ireland for sure. It is something that we would love to do and something we should do. We shouldn’t close the door to that.

“I just feel right now there are offers to Katie to box all over the world but I know at some point in her career that will be very important to her.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com