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Katie Taylor passes Homecoming book to Eddie Hearn and Matchroom

It’s up to Eddie Hearn to book the tickets if Katie Taylor is to come home.

A massive ‘Homecoming’ for the fighter, who was once again last year voted the most respected and popular Irish sports star, has been discussed since the first press conference to officially announce she had turned over and gone pro.

A fight night at the 3Arena had long been promised by promoter Eddie Hearn 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

Cork and Belfast were also discussed as possibilities but, as of yet? the unified world champion and a fighter many believe could do stadium numbers with the right card has yet to fight in Ireland.

A 2019 Irish bout looks unlikely with the London 2012 Olympic gold medal winner scheduled to fight WBO world champ Rose Volante in Philadelphia in March. Taylor will then look to become undisputed champion with victory over Delfine Persoon in the summer before finishing the year off with a mega fight with undisputed champion Amanda Serrano – both of which are likely to play out Stateside. 

The Bray fighter herself would love a return home and a fight night in Dublin, but she claims whether or not that happens is down to her promoter.

Taylor reveals that she simply fights where and when she is told and Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn would have to schedule and organize any return to Ireland.

“That would be a dream to fight at home in Dublin at some stage, but at the time being I do what I am told. I fight where I am told and I guess that’s up to Eddie and Matchroom to organise that, but I’d absolutely love to be fight at home,” Taylor told ThaBoxingVoice.  

Regardless of a Homecoming or not, Taylor is still revered in Ireland and is once again trail blazing in her chosen sport.

Arguably the greatest female amateur fighter of all time has already established herself as one of the most talented female pros ever seen.

The Brian Peters-managed fighter is also developing a massive profile around world thanks to big fights on Sky Sports and now DAZN shows.

Indeed, her promoter, Eddie Hearn, has gone as far as to suggest she is the biggest star in boxing at present.

Taylor isn’t one for hype and even when it’s forced upon her she claims it has no effect pointing out the platform she now has is a privilege not a pressure.

“I don’t feel any pressure with that. I think it’s a huge privileged to be where I am being in a position to fight on these big shows and having the chance to win another belt is incredible.”

“This is something I dreamed of when I was just a little girl and it’s a great position to be in. It’s great to be a role model for some of the young girls coming up as well.”


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