Friday 19 October 2018

'That was always in the pipeline, a good homecoming in Dublin' - Katie Taylor on world title fight in Ireland

Katie Taylor now holds the WBA title
Katie Taylor now holds the WBA title

Katie Taylor has said it will be a dream come true when she fights for a world title in Dublin next tear.

The Bray boxer outclassed Anahi Sanchez over 10 rounds to win the WBA belt in the 135lbs division in Cardiff last night.

Speaking after her masterclass, Katie said: "Thank God I came through. It was a very tough fight. This is the start of my takeover of the lightweight belts for me."

That search for more belts will take her back home next year.  

"That (world title fight in Dublin) would be a dream for me. Last night's fight opened up plenty of doors for me in the future," she told RTE.

"The dream would be to unify the belts. There are a lot of great champions out there, great fighters in and around my weight.

"That would be a dream. That was always in the pipeline, a good homecoming in Dublin sometime. I think Eddie has spoken about it so sometime next year I will definitely be fighting here and I can't wait for it."

Promoter Eddie Hearn told Independent.ie earlier this month that he has plans for Taylor to fight in the capital next spring.

"I'd like to try and get her out and have a defence before the end of the year," said Hearn.

"Katie likes to box in England, she'd love to box in Ireland, she likes to box in America, and America is somewhere that we might go in December for a quick fight but I think she's in a good place.

"There's a couple of American girls calling her name out, getting quite aggressive, which is nice, and the plan would be to then unify the title potentially in Dublin in the spring."

It's been a good 14 months for Taylor since her Rio nightmare when she was controversially beaten by Finland’s Mira Potkonen in the quarter final of the women's lightweight bracket.

She has now won seven of seven professional bouts.

"Great win and a great night with the family and the team. A great night of celebrations," added Taylor.

"This time last year I was in the lowest point of my career but I knew that it wasn't over for me, I knew that wasn't the end and I knew the best was yet to come. I just had to stay the term and not give up and that's exactly what I did.

"It was a tough, tough fight. I don't think I ever got hit as much in all my life, my face is bruised and terrible actually but that's professional boxing."

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