Katie Taylor has yet to fight in her home country as a pro, but that hasn’t stopped the fighter from exciting screaming fans on Matchroom cards around Britain since she turned over.
The fighter, who along with Natasha Jonas ensured an Olympic noise record back in 2012 as the madcap Irish fans produces a decibel level of 113.7, is now ready to make some noise in America both figuratively and literally.
Taylor [5(3)-0] makes her Stateside debut in Brooklyn on Saturday night on a massive Showtime card.
The Irish sensation puts her skills on show in New York in her sixth pro outing and is hoping, just like Carl Frampton and Mick Conlan have in recent times, that she can bring the best out of the Irish fight fans on that side of the Atlantic.
“I’m really excited about fighting in Brooklyn,” said Taylor, who faces Jasmine Clarkson over eight rounds at the Barclays Center on the Garcia-Broner undercard.
“New York has been very good to Irish fighters in the past and hopefully I can give people something to shout about.”
Taylor features on the card alongside Cork welterweight Noely Murphy, and wants to return to New York later on in her career when she becomes a world champion – with promoter Eddie Hearn promising a title shot by the end of 2018
Hopefully I can get another good win next weekend and win a world title later in the year before coming back to New York again at some point as a world champion to defend my title,” continued the Wicklow lightweight
“I feel like I’m still improving and still learning every day in the gym but I definitely feel ready for a World title fight now.”
Indeed the East Coast of America is a familiar setting for Taylor who trains under Ross Enamait in Connecticut.
The Bray boxer described how “after my fight at Wembley I took a couple of weeks off back home but then it was back to Connecticut to start training camp for this fight.”
“I’ve probably spent 90 per cent of my time here in the US since turning pro so of course it’s tough being away from family and friends but if you want to do great things you have to make great sacrifices.”