Friday 15 December 2017

Katie Taylor's bronze medal opponent Natasha Jonas set to turn professional after signing with Eddie Hearn

Natasha Jonas of Great Britain salutes the crowd after her victory over Quanitta Underwood of United States during the Women's Light (57-60kg) Boxing on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
Natasha Jonas of Great Britain salutes the crowd after her victory over Quanitta Underwood of United States during the Women's Light (57-60kg) Boxing on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 5, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)

Sean McGoldrick

Katie Taylor’s bronze medal opponent at the London Olympics in 2012, Liverpudlian Natasha Jonas has turned professional and could meet the Bray pugilist down the line.

Jonas, who has signed with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing which also promotes Taylor, will make her professional debut in front of the Sky cameras in Newcastle on Friday night.

Even though Taylor comfortably beat Jonas 26-15 in the ExCel Arena at the London Olympics, the bout was a memorable contest generating an extraordinary atmosphere. The decibel level hit 113.7 – the highest recorded at any venue during the Games.

In what was her debut fight as an Olympian, Taylor stepped on the gas midway through the four-round contest and forced Jonas to take two standing counts. Taylor, of course, went on to capture the gold medal in the 60kg category.

“I could have thrown the kitchen sink at her or drive a bus over her and it wouldn’t have worked today,” said a magnanimous Jonas afterwards.

It is unlikely, however, that Taylor and Jonas will clash this year even though promoter Eddie Hearn has expressed a desire to see a match-up between the pair.

Since turning professional in 2016 Taylor has comfortably won her five bouts.

Her next fight will possibly be in the United States on the undercard of the proposed World title fight between Mikey Garcia and Adrien Broner planned for the Barclays Centre in New York on July 28.

Interestingly before the Conor McGregor/Floyd Mayweather showdown was confirmed, Taylor said she would love to fight on the undercard but it remains to be seen whether an appearance in Las Vegas in August will materialise for Taylor.

She remains on target for a World title fight in Dublin in October.

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