Sunday 8 December 2019

Katie Taylor's homecoming in Dublin 'on hold' as her next fight looks set to be in New York

Katie Taylor was rumoured to be lining up a fight in Dublin. Photo: PA
Katie Taylor was rumoured to be lining up a fight in Dublin. Photo: PA
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Katie Taylor expressed a desire for her next fight to take place in Ireland, but it seems that she will be heading to New York as she defends her WBA World lightweight title.

Sources close to Taylor's promoters have told that any plans to stage a title defence at Dublin's 3 Arena and she was vocal in her ambitions to realise that ambition after her victory against American Jessica McCaskill in London last month.

"I've had the privilege of boxing across the UK last year in big, big fights and big stadiums and the reception has been fantastic, all the way through, but I guess it is just a taste of what it will be like when I do box at home," she said.

"I can't wait to box at home in front of my own crowd. I am so excited about that."

Now it appears that instead of fronting a big show in Ireland's capital, Matchroom promotions are lining up Taylor to appear on a bill led American Daniel Jacobs on April 28th.

Ireland's Gary 'Spike' O'Sullivan could be in the mix to fight Jacobs on the bill at Barclays Center, Brooklyn, where Taylor beat Jasmine Clarkson in comfortable fashion last July.

We understand that no final decision has been made on Taylor's next fight, but a bill featuring Irish stars O'Sullivan and Taylor could be viewed as an attractive option for American broadcasting network HBO, who will screen the fights alongside Sky Sports in Ireland the UK.

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