Wednesday 21 February 2018

Jacobs fight holds key to Taylor's next destination

Katie Taylor. Photo: PA
Katie Taylor. Photo: PA

Bernard O'Neill

Eddie Hearn has again opened up the possibility that Katie Taylor could defend her WBA world lightweight title in Dublin on April 14.

But the British promoter, who admitted that things are up in the air, is also looking at April 28 at the Barclays Centre in New York - where Munster middleweights Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan or Andy Lee could meet Danny Jacobs in the main event of the evening.

Taylor's second fight at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn is listed on Boxrec for April 28, a change from the touted April 14 date in Dublin which was never officially confirmed.

New York native Jacobs, who is negotiating with Cork orthodox O'Sullivan for New York, is promoted by Eddie Hearn, who promotes Taylor.

But Limerick southpaw Lee, a former WBO champion, is now in the equation, according to Hearn. If either of the Munster pair get a shot at Jacobs in Brooklyn, then Taylor looks likely to be heading to the Big Apple and her homecoming fight won't be until September.

Thirty-three-year-old Lee, meantime, last fought and won in Madison Square Garden last March. There has been speculation about his retirement but he insists he wants to challenge for another title.

O'Sullivan recorded a stunning victory over American prospect Antoine Douglas in Quebec last month, but Jacobs' manager, Keith Connolly, has warned O'Sullivan's team to be realistic.

Argentina's Victoria Bustos, the IBF champion, remains a likely opponent for Taylor in a WBA/IBF unifier for April, but whether her next fight goes ahead in Dublin or New York, remains, as Hearn said, up in the air.

Irish Independent

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