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Make Yourself Known – Eddie Hearn ‘looking at Irish talent’ for Croke Park undercard

Eddie Hearn is currently doing his Irish boxing homework, studying Irish talent in dept as he plots a Katie Taylor [21(6)-0] homecoming undercard.

The undisputed lightweight champion of the world defends her titles against Argentinian Karen Elizabeth Carabajal [19(2)-0] in Wembley Arena on Saturday night.

Attention during fight week has often turned to an Amanda Serrano rematch and a huge Croke Park fight night. Despite Irish skeptics, the Essex promoter has continually talked in positive terms about an event Team Taylor were initially planning for the last Saturday of last month.

In fact, he told Irish-boxing.com that he is already plotting an undercard for what would be a historic night. The Matchroom boss, who last promoted in Dublin in 2014, admits a fight at GAA headquarters is by no means a certainty and suggests Serrano is key to any North Dublin visit.

If it was to go ahead Gary Cully, possibly in a world title fight and Caoimhin Agyarko would be certs to appear. Thomas Carty is another with a good Matchroom relationship that may get a runout, but that leaves tens of places up for grabs.

“As we look at the potential of Katie Taylor at Croke Park we start to think who else can go on that card,” Hearn told Irish-boxing.com.

Brent, UK: Katie Taylor and Karen Elizabeth Carabajal Final Press Conference ahead of their WBC, WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight Title Fight on saturday Night. 27 October 2022 Picture By Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing Eddie Hearn Chairman of the Matchroom Sport Group

“I’m already looking at Irish talent thinking who else is going to get a shot at Croke Park. We need to look at the potential of who else could go on that show but we need to make it happen first.”

No doubt Hearn was very aware of which media outlet he was talking to, meaning it’s more than possible he was hoping the message would reach the ears of Irish fighters, which in turn would prompt them to raise their hand for Croker selection.

If Taylor does finally get to fight in Ireland and there is a Dublin stadium card, Matchroom will look to put a host of Irish talent on the bill. Between now and then every Irish pro has a chance to impress or even talk their way into the Croke Park ring and thus the Irish boxing history books.

Picture By Mark Robinson Matchroom Boxing


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