Katie Taylor Croke Park time frame revealed

Early summer is being ringfenced for a massive Katie Taylor [21(6)-0] Croke Park homecoming.

Croke Park stadium director Peter McKenna is the latest to share good news when it comes to the Irish Icon’s first-ever professional bout on home soil.

McKenna revealed he has had positive talks with the undisputed lightweight world champion’s manager Brian Peters and Matchroom about a blockbuster rematch with Amanda Serrano.

The stadium director goes as far as to indicate those have GAA Headquarters have done all they can to facilitate what would be a historic fight night. Available dates have been shared and Croke Park have told Team Taylor what they need to make sure teh Bray lightweight comes home and fights at the historic sporting landmark.

“We’re looking at dates earlier in the year. We’re quite a way along the road in the talking with Brian Peters [Taylor’s manager] and Matchroom [her promoter],” McKenna told RTÉ Radio’s All Roads to Croker, a special programme reflecting on the last 12 months at Croke Park.

29 April 2022; Katie Taylor, left, and Amanda Serrano during the weigh-in, at Hulu Theatre at Madison Square Garden, ahead of their undisputed lightweight championship fight, on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

“It could be early summer – that’s the time. This is the type of event… that requires a number of moving parts. What we do is we say that we have these dates available, and this is how it would work from our perspective. That job has been done. And now we need to make sure Matchroom, and Brian Peters can make all the other things come together.”

Matchroom main man Eddie Hearn has said Matchroom needed assistance from Croke Park and the Irish government to make the fight happen on Jones’ Road.

Speaking on that McKenna added: “The Minister for Sport has been supportive but he’s not, nor should he, write a blank cheque. He’ll want to see value in this. Any messaging I would have said to Matchroom, or Brian Peters would be to put a compelling case together and I think you are pushing an open door.”

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