UFC star Holly Holm the favourite to fight Katie Taylor at Croke Park

Former boxing and UFC world champion Holly Holm is in line to fight Katie Taylor in the Irishwoman’s homecoming at Croke Park.

Taylor has never fought professionally in Ireland before, but talks are currently underway for her to fight at Croke Park having only fought professionally in the UK and US up until now.

It was expected that Croke Park would host the rematch between Taylor and Amanda Serrano, however, the Irish Independent have reported that talks between the camps have hit an impasse.

With Serrano seemingly out of the picture for now, Holm, who has held major world titles in boxing and mixed martial arts, has emerged as the front-runner to face Taylor in Dublin.

 

Holly Holm has held world titles in boxing and MMA.

Holm won multiple world titles during her professional boxing career, including the WBC and WBA welterweight titles, although the American’s last boxing bout came in May 2013.

Since then, Holm has only competed in MMA and became the UFC’s bantamweight champion when she knocked out the previously unbeaten Ronda Rousey in November 2015.

Holm wasn’t able to hold onto the UFC bantamweight title for long, as she was beaten by Miesha Tate in her next fight, although she is still an active fighter for the MMA promotion.

The 40-year-old is still contracted to the UFC, so she would need permission from Dana White to return to the sport of boxing to face Taylor.

White has allowed his fighters to take part in boxing before, most notably when Conor McGregor fought Floyd Mayweather back in August 2017, although he has been reluctant to allow Francis Ngannou to do the same in recent times.

A rematch with Amanda Serrano would be pushed back.

A rematch against Serrano is still on the cards, although it is unlikely to happen this year if Taylor does fight Holm next.

Should a fight at Croke Park take place, it would need to be held in early autumn at the latest, as the weather in Ireland wouldn’t facilitate an outdoor fight any later than that.

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