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Eddie Hearn “invigorated” by Katie Taylor signing

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Eddie Hearn can hardly control his excitement ahead of Katie Taylor’s professional debut later this month.

The London 2012 gold medalist contacted Hearn in recent weeks regarding a pro deal and the English promoter admits to being won over by the passion of the Wicklow woman.

The profile and the personal passion of Taylor has convinced Hearn to venture into the uncharted waters of women’s boxing, and, while he confesses to knowing little of the scene, he feels that he is on to a winner with the 30 year nineteen-time major medal winner.

Hearn told IFL TV that “I’m excited, I’m really excited.”

“There’s huge interest from the broadcasters, obviously tickets are selling well, and Irish media is just phenomenal, this girl is a legend over there.”

“I’m really really excited, I’ve no idea where this is going to take us.”

“Katie Taylor is one of the most entertaining women’s boxers in the World and I believe she’s going to go on and win World titles.”

Indeed the Matchroom chief described how the signing of the Bray boxer has reminded him why he loves the sport. Hearn outlined how “I really like Katie Taylor, she came here with Brian Peters and her mum and we talked for two hours about boxing.”

“She lives and breathes competition and sport, and I felt invigorated after my meeting with her.

“The business is a diseased business but the sport is so pure, and when you deal with people like that it reminds you why you got involved in the sport.”

“She is such a driven individual. I sort of thought ‘I’ve got two daughters, four and seven, and I’d love her to spend some time with them She’s a fantastic role model.”

Taylor debuts on November 26th at the Wembley Arena in London against a to-be-confirmed opponent.

Watch Eddie Hearn’s interview with IFL TV in full below:

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