Irish champion added to Katie Taylor debut card

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There has been another addition of Irish interest to Katie Taylor’s debut card in London this Saturday.

Bray super featherweight Taylor boxes as a pro for the fist time at the Wembley Arena, live on Sky Sports, against tough Pole Karina Kopinska. Already joining the 2012 Olympic gold medalist on the Matchroom bill will be Belfast-based Scot Ronnie Clark, who challenges for Martin J Ward’s British super featherweight title.

Now, reigning Irish super middleweight champion JJ McDonagh [13(6)-3(1)] has found himself a slot on the card. The Mullingar southpaw will make the move up to light heavyweight to take on unbeaten Matchroom starlet Jake Ball [7(6)-0].

It will be McDonagh’s first fight back since his successful title defence against Roscommon’s Darren Cruise back in April, and the 30 year old will face Ball over eight rounds.

The Westmeath fighter will be considered a step up for the 23 year old ‘Blade,’ who has so far sliced through most of his early opposition.

It is a return to a Matchroom bill for McDonagh who reached the final of Prizefighter All-Irish middleweights back in May 2012 where he beat Darren Cruise and Joe Rea before losing to Eamonn O’Kane in the final.

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