It’s the start of one of the biggest St Patrick’s Weekends for Irish boxing in recent memory and all eyes are on the Liacouras Center.
Carroll challenges IBF super featherweight champ Tevin Farmer [28(6)-4(2)-1] while Taylor looks to add the WBO lightweight belt of Rose Volante [14(8)-0] to the WBA and IBF straps she already possesses.
For viewers in Ireland and the UK, thankfully, the bill should not be an especially late one as, currently, Eastern USA is just four hours behind us.
Coverage starts tonight on Sky Sports Action (Sky 407, Virgin Media Ireland 403, eirVision 404, Virgin UK 507) at 11:00pm Taylor and Carroll, however, are not expected into the ring until a bit later than this.
The three-fight ‘World Feed’ is due to begin at 1:00am with the clash between Maciej Sulecki and Gabe Rosado first up. Taylor v Volante will be immediately after this ten-round clash so it will probably be about 2:00am (Irish Time) when the Wicklow woman walks to the ring – although it could be earlier if there is a quick stoppage in Sulecki-Rosado.
After Taylor it will be straight into Farmer-Carroll, and the night can expected to be completely wrapped up by 4:00am
Mullingar super featherweight John Joe Nevin [11(4)-0] is the ‘live float’ in his six-rounder versus Colombia’s Andres Figueroa [9(5)-3(3)] and could feature at any time during the night should there be an early stoppage – or, indeed, not at all.
While nothing, obviously, is guaranteed, a decent bet is that he will slide in early should TV fight #1 (Olympic gold medallist Daniyar Yeleussinov v Silverio Ortiz over eight rounds) or/and TV fight #2 (Debutant Raymond Ford v Weusi Johnson) go early.
Viewers in North America will be required to sign up to the DAZN over-the-top streaming platform to watch the fight – either through a smart TV or on a laptop/device.
The card will also be shown live in Australia, where Carroll began his pro career back in 2012. Coverage is scheduled to start at noon Saturday AEDT on Fox Sports showing Sulecki-Rosado, Taylor-Volante, and Farmer-Carroll.
Before a punch is even thrown in Philadelphia there are Irish in title action a lot closer to home – and live on television.
At the Ponds Forge Arena in Sheffield, Belfast’s Luke Wilton [20(7)-5(1)-1] will take on home favourite Tommy Frank [9(1)-0] for the vacant Commonwealth super flyweight title.
Wilton’s title challenge will be shown live on Freesports (Sky Ireland 429, Sky UK 422, Virgin UK 553).
The televised portion of the card is set to run from 9:00pm to 11:00pm and, with Frank-Wilton, being the headline attraction of the Hobson show, the fight is expected at around 10:00pm (Irish Time)