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Eddie Hearn wants Dublin World title fight for Katie Taylor

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Eddie Hearn plans for Katie Taylor to be moved quickly and is targeting a World title fight in Dublin in the not too distant future.

The Matchroom boss has snapped up the London 2012 gold medalist, his first female fighter, and intends to exhibit her talents not only in Britain and Ireland, but all over the World.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport Hearn outlined how “the plan for us really is to showcase Katie Taylor as often as possible and to make sure people get to find out how exciting she is, find out more about her story and let the fans engage with her.”

“We have to let people find out about Katie Taylor. We have to let the public get to know Katie Taylor, they have done it in Ireland and you can see the response.

Looking at the immediate future, Hearn described how “it’s going to be really interesting to see on November 26th in the Wembley Arena, and we hope there will be as many travelling fans as possible and fans in London as well coming to watch her box.”

“And then a couple of weeks after, on the Anthony Joshua card at the Manchester Arena, in front of 21,000, it’s a great start for her, a great platform .”

“Then we build and we build and we build to a situation where she can travel for a world title and we’d really like to do that in Dublin.”

“There are different markets geographically that are really excelling in terms of women’s boxing. Of course there is Scandinavia, it’s on the rise in America, in Asia, Mexico and territories like this. It will be our plan to take her to those markets as well.”

Encouragingly, Hearn has promised that he will match the Wicklow woman progressively stating that “she needs a good, strong opponent and a good strong test and that’s what she wants. Ultimately her first or second fight, that is the platform or opportunity for us to showcase the product.”

“We’re working on [opponents] now. It’s new ground for us. I have never matched a women’s fight before. Since my meeting with Katie last week, I have been speaking to a lot of people in the game who have worked in women’s boxing for a number of years. Katie is already at the stage where she is a quality fighter.”

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