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Manager Brian Peters discusses Katie Taylor fighting in Ireland

Katie Taylor [14(6)-0] has to fight where ‘pay masters’ DAZN say making a homecoming unlikely to play out anytime soon suggests manager Brian Peters.

A big homecoming has been a topic of conversation since the day Eddie Hearn came to the Dublin to announce he was teaming up with the Olympic gold medal winner.

A fight night at the 3Arena had long been promised by the Matchroom boss but was put off twice before being shelved ‘indefinitely’ – with Taylor’s manager reasoning that he was advised that the climate was “not conducive” to a card in Dublin.

Sky Sports boss Adam Smith had raised Cork as a possibility advocating a Feile style event centred around a fight for the now undisputed lightweight champion of the world.

Belfast was another option discussed, but again turned out to be another homecoming avenue that seems to have lead to nowhere.

An Irish hosted Taylor topped fight night was raised again after the lightweight returned to Ireland with the WBA, WBO, WBC, IBF and Ring Magazine title just days after defeating Delfine Persoon in Madison Square Garden.

The Bray fighters manager seems to think it remains unlikely particularly with the  Ross Enamait trained fighter growing increasingly popular in America.

Peters suggest that American based streaming service DAZN have a massive input into where Taylor fights and as they see the Irish fighter as a global name they feel it better to showcase her on big  Stateside cards.

DAZN may feel the ‘mega’ fights Taylor is now moving toward may be wasted in Ireland in terms of worldwide viewing figures and as a result revenue- indeed fights with the likes of Brooklyn resident Amanda Serrano may also be harder to make if Ireland was the venue.

“DAZN are the TV company and they pay our wages and they want it on prime time and probably after the other night they are going to want us on prime time American time, but we are hoping to fight in New York before the end of the year,” Peters explained. 

“To generate the kind of money to pay the other champions and Katie ( American would be better), DAZN are the pay masters.”


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Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com