Monday 27 January 2020

'Katie Taylor will be world champion in 10 fights'

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Bernard O'Neill

Katie Taylor will be aiming to emulate Cuba's Guillermo 'The Jackal' Rigondeaux and win a world professional title in under ten fights, according to Brian Peters.

Taylor confirmed yesterday that she has turned professional and will be promoted by Eddie Hearn's Matchroom. Meath businessman Peters, a former manager to Bernard Dunne, will be her worldwide manager.

Rigondeaux, who sparred Taylor in Limerick a few years ago, won a WBA title in 2010 seven fights after switching codes.

Taylor will make her pro debut at London's Wembley Arena on November 26 and will fight again in December in England.

"I think we have a great team which is going to be something else. People need to buckle themselves up and strap themselves in because this team is going places," said Peters.

"We won't be doing the traditional four- or five-year apprenticeship with Katie, she's far too experienced and accomplished for that. She'll be moving at a different pace altogether than what people are used to seeing.

"All going well, she'll be challenging for a world title within a year. Rigondeaux did it after seven fights. He was a fantastic Olympic champion and Katie was a fantastic Olympic champion. Katie will be following in the same steps."

Peters, who has not been involved in boxing as much as he used to, says working with Taylor is a huge draw.

"Yeah, it's like the guy in 'The Godfather' (Pacino) saying that 'just when I think I'm out, they drag me back in'. That's me and boxing right now," he added.

"But what better reason than Katie Taylor? She is excitement personified and is entertaining. She'll engage a new generation to watch boxing, from kids to grannies, male and females.

"There's not many athletes in Ireland that has what Katie Taylor has."

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