A storming 2017 saw Katie Taylor win six fights and claim the WBA lightweight title.
Having made her professional debut at Wembley stadium in 2016, the 31-year-old has mainly fought throughout Britain, with a brief sojourn to New York last July for good measure.
With the backing of promoter Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Sports, along with Sky Sports’ heavy backing, Taylor’s star has steadily risen, becoming the first woman to headline a boxing card on the channel last month.
Naturally, anticipation for a homecoming bout in Ireland has reached fever pitch, with Hearn himself repeatedly promised a triumphant fight on home soil sometime in the first half of 2018.
I think probably March/April time in Dublin in a unification fight – to try and unify the division – that’s the plan, that’s the aim. So, get through Wednesday and I think the homecoming in Dublin is on for 2018.” Hearn told RTE last month before Taylor’s win over Jessica McCaskill.
The terrific success of Taylor in the professional ranks may have put paid to any chances of a bout in Ireland any time soon, however.
The42.ie report that the Bray woman will instead feature on the undercard of the upcoming Daniel Jacobs fight (with the opponent for the former Gennady Golovkin foe yet to be named) in Brooklyn, New York in April.
As a result, long-standing plans for an Irish-based contest have been “indefinitely shelved”, per Gavan Casey.
As mentioned previously, Taylor has already fought in America, on the undercard of Danny Garcia’s defeat of Adrien Broner, though this next showing could see her attempt to unify part of the lightweight division.
These higher stakes give an indication that the Olympic gold medallist will be based in the States for the foreseeable future, but a fight earlier than anticipated, thereby skipping the expected homecoming.