Katie Taylor’s American debut has been confirmed for July 29 at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, on the undercard of the super-lightweight clash between unbeaten Mikey Garcia and four-weight world champion Adrien Broner.
The Bray Bomber will defend the WBA Female Intercontinental Lightweight title she won in April in an eight-round contest against an as yet unnamed opponent.
Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, confirmed the news with a post on Twitter. The post was then retweeted by American promoter Lou DiBella and Taylor herself.
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) July 6, 2017
“I’m so pleased to see Katie make her American debut on such an outstanding card,” Hearn told Sky Sports.
“I believe Katie is the most entertaining and dangerous fighter in women’s boxing and has already lit up many venues in her professional journey, most recently Wembley Stadium.
“She is one of the biggest stars in Ireland and we are expecting fantastic support from the Irish community on the east coast for her first US experience.”
Taylor also gave her views on the upcoming fight. She revealed her excitement at the prospect of showcasing her ability to a new audience.
“The last time I fought in the US was almost 10 years ago when I was invited to take part in a demonstration bout at the men’s World Championships in Chicago.
“It was part of the campaign to convince the IOC to include women’s boxing in the Olympics.
“I’ll get the chance to showcase my ability to a new audience. I’m sure that there’s going to be lots of Irish fans in the crowd and I can’t wait to hear them cheering me on.”
It’s a huge milestone for Taylor, and another step on the ladder to the top of women’s boxing.
Her last fight was on the Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko undercard, when she defeated Nina Meinke via TKO in the seventh round to earn her first professional belt. Now, she will fight on another huge night in her so far blossoming career.
The 31-year-old has won all five of her professional contests to date, with three of those wins coming by way of stoppage.
A convincing victory in her first US bout will no doubt put her next in line for a shot at her first professional world title.
Peter Reynolds, Pundit Arena