Saturday 20 January 2018

Katie Taylor pencilled in for July bout in New York

29 April 2017, Katie Taylor celebrates victory in her WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight Championship bout with Nina Meinke at Wembley Stadium, in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile
29 April 2017, Katie Taylor celebrates victory in her WBA Inter-Continental Lightweight Championship bout with Nina Meinke at Wembley Stadium, in London, England. Photo by Brendan Moran/Sportsfile

WBA female Inter-Continental lightweight Katie Taylor looks set to fight on the undercard of Adrien Broner v Mikey Garcia in Brooklyn, New York, next month.

Taylor, who dismantled German fighter Nina Meinke on the undercard of the Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitschko fight in London back in April, has been touted for a potential fight in the United States for the last few weeks, with her promoter Eddie Hearn keen to expose the Olympic gold medallist to an American audience before she fights for a potential world title later in the year.

Hearn has previously stated that he would like to see Taylor fight 'an eight or 10-rounder' in America, before returning to Dublin in October or November for a world title fight, and now that looks set to happen with Hearn telling IFL TV on Monday that he's trying to book Taylor on next month's Broner v Garcia card.

"We're looking at Katie Taylor potentially on the Mikey Garcia and Broner card," said Hearn.

"It looks like the Barclays Center but I think they're still trying to secure the venue."

Forbes magazine reported last week that the Garcia-Broner fight will take place on July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn and will be televised by American broadcaster Showtime.

Away from the ring, it's been a good year for Taylor with her company KT Sports Ltd showing an accumulated profits increase of €262,180, up from €1.203m to €1.466m in the 12 months to the end of June last.

The accounts show that Taylor's first defeat in five years in the ring - in April of last year in an Olympic qualifying tournament - and a second defeat at the world championship lightweight semi-finals in May have done little to dent the boxer's earning power.

The profits at the firm last year of €262,180 compare favourably to the profits enjoyed during steady years of growth for the company as the Wicklow boxer has continued to reap the dividends from her historic 2012 Olympic Gold win in London.

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