Tuesday 16 October 2018

Eddie Hearn pushes back Katie Taylor's Dublin homecoming

Eddie Hearn, an English boxing promoter, speaks during Katie Taylor's press conference in Dublin's City Hall ahead of her first professional fight. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Eddie Hearn, an English boxing promoter, speaks during Katie Taylor's press conference in Dublin's City Hall ahead of her first professional fight. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Jack O'Toole

Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said that he has plans for Katie Taylor to delay her Dublin homecoming until next year, in place of the originally planned November date.

Taylor will fight Anahi Sanchez for the WBA female lightweight title next Saturday in Cardiff, and should the Bray native win, she'll be in line to then unify the belt in Dublin next year.

"She's got a tough fight against a two-weight world champion, and you'd expect her to win, but it's a level she hasn't really boxed at before," Hearn told Independent.ie.

"There's a lot of pressure but it's her chance to make history and become a world champion. I expect her to win on Saturday and I'd like to try and get her out and have a defence before the end of the year."

As for the location, Hearn continued:

"She likes to box in England, she'd love to box in Ireland, she likes to box in America, and America is somewhere that we might go in December for a quick fight but I think she's in a good place.

"There's a couple of American girls calling her name out, getting quite aggressive, which is nice, and the plan would be to then unify the title potentially in Dublin in the Spring."

Hearn believes that Sanchez will be Taylor's toughest challenge yet and that the former Olympic gold medalist hasn't had a fight at this type of level before.

"I think it's definitely a level above," added Hearn.

"I mean we have to think that the best fight she's had so far was against Nina Meinke, who was 5-0. This girl [Sanchez] has fought a lot of the world champions, she's very tough.

"She can take shots, she likes to stand and trade a bit more than the others, who were all moving around. I think this will be a very explosive fight but Katie hits very hard and with lightning fast speed, and I expect her to become a world a champion on Saturday."

Taylor will fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's world title defence against Carlos Takam on October 28. The fight will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Box office from the Principality Stadium.

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