(SEPT 2) Matchroom
boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has been talking about what the
future of former Olympic Gold medallist Katie Taylor might look
like in the coming months including a possible World title bout
in Cardiff at the end of October. Intriguingly he also discussed
a possible ‘’crossover’’ bout against Holly Holm.
Talking to the Irish media Friday, Hearn gave these
possibilities for Taylor’s immediate future with her next
opponent likely to be named within the next week.
According to Hearn, Katie will challenge for a World title in
Wales at the ‘Millennium Stadium’ home of Welsh Rugby, next
month, on Saturday, October 28th. This would be on the undercard
of the Anthony Joshua v Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev World Heavyweight
The stadium has a ‘closed roof’ and though its normal capacity
is some 74,500 this could extended to nearly 80,000 once
additional seats are installed on the pitch.
Taylor as we previously reported was also on the undercard of
the Joshua/Wladimir Klitschko sell out 90,000 crowd at Wembley
Stadium earlier in the year.
Matchroom has both Joshua and Taylor on its books and thus
Taylor is likely to feature and challenge for the WBA World
Who might be her possible opponents? Irish boxing correspondent
Sean McGoldrick believes her likely opponent will be an
Argentinian. He writes:
“Two Argentinian fighters, Cecila Sofia Mena (10-1-1) and Anahi
Esther Sanchez (16-2-0) fight for the vacant WBA belt in San
Miguel, near Buenos Aires on Saturday night. Taylor, who has won
her six professional bouts with consummate ease, is ranked
number one by the WBA and also holds an international WBA title.
She is likely to face the winner of the contest between Mena and
Sky are also keen to promote Taylor again in the United States
and should both she and Joshua win in Cardiff – assuming that
those fights materialise as expected – then an early 2018
appearance in the U.S is one avenue being explored.
The previous talk was of Taylor making her first World title
appearance in Dublin in either October or November but that now
seems highly unlikely and instead a title fight in Dublin on or
around 17th March (St Patrick’s Day) is being mooted.
Meantime Eddie Hearn also spoke with Ciaran Gallagher of Irish
National Broadcaster RTÉ Sport and would not rule out a
“crossover” fight for Taylor in the future. Here is how
Gallagher reported that news :
‘’Eddie Hearn is keen to book a ‘crossover’ bout between Katie
Taylor and the UFC’s former boxer Holly Holm, while the promoter
has claimed he will negotiate a grudge fight between Leo Santa
Cruz and Carl Frampton if the latter signs with his Matchroom
Following last weekend’s multi-million showdown between Floyd
Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the promoter also claimed he is
keen to set up a similar crossover fight between Taylor and
former UFC world champion Holly Holm, who built a 33-2-3 record
as a pro boxer – albeit at a higher weight than the Bray
lightweight – before finding worldwide fame as an MMA fighter.
Speaking on the topic of Mayweather-McGregor, Hearn said: "It
was a one off, a freak show. I’ve a lot of admiration for the
way they done business and they made an absolute fortune. The
best way I can describe it is, they got away with it.
"It broke all records on pay per view over here… They made a lot
When quizzed about the prospect of staging a similar bout, the
promoter suggested that Taylor-Holm is the only ‘crossover’
match-up he would like to book.
"If the money’s there, you can’t turn down things like that… You
can never rule it out in the future, but there’s not one fighter
that I have that I’m looking at [making a crossover fight with]
other than Katie Taylor against Holly Holm," said Hearn.
"Holly Holm is a good boxer and she’s a lot better than many of
the [current] female pro boxers out there and I think that’s a
So there you have it, a busy year ahead it seems for Katie
Taylor. More news in the coming weeks and months.