Tuesday 19 September 2017

Katie set for November title fight in Dublin - Hearn

'The 30-year-old is then expected to take a few weeks off during the summer before possibly boxing in Europe. And Hearn then hopes to book a Dublin homecoming for the Bray native to challenge for a world title in November.' Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Sportsfile
'The 30-year-old is then expected to take a few weeks off during the summer before possibly boxing in Europe. And Hearn then hopes to book a Dublin homecoming for the Bray native to challenge for a world title in November.' Photo: Lawrence Lustig/Sportsfile

Ciarán Gallagher

Eddie Hearn believes Katie Taylor will be ready for a November world title shot in Dublin even though the former Olympic champion looks likely to revert back to a six-round bout for her next fight.

Taylor claimed her fourth pro win last weekend, easily out-pointing Bulgarian former world title challenger Milena Koleva.

That was the Bray woman's first eight-round contest, with her three previous paid bouts having been scheduled for six rounds - although only one went the distance.

Taylor is due back in the ring next month on the undercard of the world heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.

However, with that big pay-per-view TV fight bill likely to have a stacked support bill, Matchroom promoter Hearn admitted that the Bray woman is unlikely to box more than six rounds on April 29.

"It was really important to get eight rounds under the belt (ahead of a) title fight," said Hearn on Taylor's win last Saturday. "I think she wants to feel confident enough to move to a world title fight. There's not going to be many opportunities to fight in eight- and 10-rounders because we're boxing her everywhere.

"Wembley will probably be a six-round (fight) just because of time constraints," added the promoter, who is lining up a US summer date for Taylor in late May or early June.

"Then [she will] have July off, come back and box in September and then box in November for a world title," added the promoter, who is keen to have Taylor box in the US as soon as possible.

"Ireland is realistic for her first world title [fight], but I think she needs to go and have a fight in America after Wembley," explained the Matchroom Boxing chief.

Irish Independent

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