Ireland’s Katie Taylor has yet to fight in her homeland since turning professional in late 2016, but her promoter Eddie Hearn says there is a good chance that the Bray boxer will have her first major title fight in Dublin, and that could happen as early as November of this year.
Even before she stepped into the ring to face brave Bulgarian Milena Koleva at the M.E.N Arena in Manchester last Saturday night, Taylor was penciled in to box on the undercard of the massive Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko bill at Wembley Stadium on April 29th. That’s still the plan according to Hearn, who told Ciaran Gallagher of the42 that the amiable 30-year-old is likely to compete in a six-rounder at the famous London venue on the evening of the exciting heavyweight clash.
Two more bouts will follow, one of which is likely to be Taylor’s first in the U.S, before she fights for a belt.
“Yeah, late May or early June,” Hearn told Gallagher, when speaking about possible dates for Taylor’s American debut.“Then [she will] have July off, come back and box in September, and then box in November for a world title.”
“Ireland is realistic for her first world title [fight], but I think she needs to go and have a fight in America after Wembley.”
“Then go off and have the summer off and then come back and have one more [warm-up fight] and then fight for the world title.” he added. “So three fights, tops, before she fights for a world title.”
Elaborating on the proposed American odyssey, Hearn recounted part of a conversation that he had with the Executive Vice Present and General Manager of U.S network Showtime Sports, Stephen Espinoza, after Taylor’s eight-round decision win over Koleva.
“Showtime chose to show her again and Stephen Espinoza text me said, ‘Her boxing is so sharp, she’s more fluid and natural than any female boxer that I can remember,'” said Hearn.
“They love her in America and I wrote back and said, ‘We’ve got to get her on [TV] in the States’, because the plan is to fight for a world title in Ireland, but I do think we need a trip to America.”
With the attention that Michael Conlan’s pro debut at Madison Square Garden received stateside earlier this month, it’s no wonder that Hearn is keen on testing his own Irish Olympic hero in front of the healthy Irish-American market.
At present the four major titles holders in the women’s super-featherweight division are WBO champion Ramona Kuehne(25-1) of Germany, IBF champion Maiva Hamadouche(15-1) of France, WBA champion North Korean-born Hyun Mi Choi(13-0-1), who is based in South Korea, and WBC champion Eva Wahlstrom(19-0-1) of Finland.
Boxing records database, the aptly named Boxrec, rates Wahlstrom as the number one fighter in the division.
Luring any of the four women to Ireland might prove difficult and possibly expensive for Hearn, though, as all of the women campaign almost exclusively in their homelands.