Katie Taylor to follow in Conor McGregor's footsteps with Madison Square Garden fight

Katie Taylor in Dublin today
Katie Taylor in Dublin today

Ireland's Katie Taylor is in line to star on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin's world title defence on St Patrick's weekend next year.

Taylor is currently preparing to make her professional bow against Poland's Karina Kopinska at Wembley this Saturday but is already pencilled in for the massive event in New York.

"It looks like we're set for 18 March at Madison Square Garden after discussions with Tom Loeffler over the weekend. It's a huge opportunity for Katie Taylor," her promoter Eddie Hearn revealed this afternoon in Dublin.

Her second professional bout will come on the undercard of Anthony Joshua's world title defence in Manchester on December 10 before her trip across the Atlantic in the spring.

Hearn is genuinely excited at the prospect of working with the five-time amateur world champion.

"Some of you spoke to me after Katie's gold medal in London about the possibility of her turning pro. There didn't seem to be the same kind of appetite from broadcasters that there is now.

"Women's sport is really flourishing across networks and channels and after her performances, and of course the recent Olympics, I received a text from Katie asking would I be interested in promoting her.

“"fter she came over to the office with Brian Peters and her mum Bridget, I was just fascinated about Katie Taylor.

"She reminded me about everything that was important about top-level sport and in boxing every day we're battling with egos and politics and here was someone who showed me the purity of the sport.

"The fact that it was just about winning and Katie Taylor is obsessed about winning. That is the reality.

"I believe it's not about women's boxing breaking through, it's about the product breaking through. What that means is if you're entertaining, you're entertaining. Doesn't matter if you're a man or a woman, it's irrelevant.

"She's going to break down all the barriers."

Another Irish Olympic hero, Michael Conlan, is set to make his pro debut 24 hours before Taylor.

The Irish boxer's pro debut is scheduled for St Patrick's Day at the same venue.