Sunday 20 August 2017

Katie Taylor confirmed for US debut in New York this July

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Katie Taylor will make her US debut this July as she continues her quest to win a professional word title.

Taylor will fight at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn on Saturday July 29 as part of the undercard of the Super-Lightweight showdown between four-division World champion Adrien Broner and unbeaten three-division World Champion Mikey Garcia.

The Olympic champion has won her five fights in style to date, picking up the WBA Inter-Continental belt following her last win over Nina Meinke at Wembley Stadium.

Taylor will fight over eight rounds at the end of this month, and her opponent is yet to be named.

“I’m really excited about boxing in the US because I’ve been training in Connecticut for all my fights to date,” said Taylor.

“It’s great now to actually have a fight over here and especially on such a big card.

“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 stopped my opponent inside a round that night but hopefully I’ll get the chance to get a few more rounds under my belt at The Barclays Center and showcase my ability to a new audience. I’m sure that there’s going to be lots of Irish fans in the crowd on July 26 and I can’t wait to hear them cheering me on.”

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