Sunday 16 June 2019

'Climate not conducive' to home title fight for Katie Taylor


WBA and IBF World Champion Katie Taylor pictured in Meath yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile
WBA and IBF World Champion Katie Taylor pictured in Meath yesterday. Photo: Sportsfile

Seán McGoldrick

Katie Taylor's dream of becoming a boxing superstar in the US will gather momentum in the second half of 2018 with confirmation that the newly-crowned unified lightweight world champion will have two fights in America before the end of the year.

But Taylor won't be fighting in Dublin in 2018. Her Irish manager Brian Peters revealed that her preferred option is another world reunification fight against WBO lightweight champion Rose Volante from Brazil in London in July. Then there will be two fights in the US, the first could be as early as the last weekend in August. However, no contracts have been signed.

"America is a very big market and there are opportunities there," said Peters, who suggested the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn, which has hosted two of Taylor's nine professional fights, could become her adopted 'home' stadium.

While reluctant to go into the specific details of why a fight in Dublin in not on the cards, Peters said: "We had talks recently with the powers that be and they advised us that the climate is not conducive to having a fight night.

"It's very tricky, really, to get into it. We still hope to fight here. But if you want to run a show; there are the sanctioning bodies, the Gardaí; there are a whole load of boxes you have to tick."

At a press conference yesterday the 2012 Olympic gold medallist again stressed that her ambition was to unify the lightweight division as quickly as possible. "I'd love to unify the (lightweight) division; that's my ambition. I'm not sure if it's going to happen this year or what. There is the politics of the whole thing as well."

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