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Katie Taylor to make her US debut in New York on July 29

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor will make her pro US debut at the Barclays Center in New York later this month.

Matchroom Boxing have just announced that the Bray fighter will appear on the undercard of the Super-Lightweight clash between four-division World champion Adrien Broner and unbeaten three-division World Champion Mikey Garcia.

No opponent has been named yet but the bout will be broadcast on Sky Sports.

On the Matchroom site Taylor, unbeaten in five pro bouts to date, said: “I’m really excited about boxing in the US because I’ve been training in Connecticut for all my fights to date. It’s great now to actually have a fight over here and especially on such a big card.

“The Barclays Center is a fantastic arena. I was there to see the Degale – Jack fight in January, that was a great fight and the Broner – Garcia fight is another terrific matchup so it’s brilliant to get the opportunity to be part of that event.

“It’s great to see two top fighters like Broner and Garcia willing to fight each other. That’s what boxing should be about, the best fighting the best and that’s really something I want to do throughout my career as well.

“The last time I fought in the US was almost 10 years ago when I was invited to take part in a demonstration bout at the Men’s World Championships in Chicago. It was part of the campaign to convince the IOC to include women’s boxing in the Olympics.

“I stopped my opponent inside a round that night but hopefully I’ll get the chance to get a few more rounds under my belt at The Barclays Center and showcase my ability to a new audience. I’m sure that there’s going to be lots of Irish fans in the crowd on July 26 and I can’t wait to hear them cheering me on.”

Promoter Eddie Hearn added: “I’m so pleased to see Katie make her American debut on such an outstanding card. I believe Katie is the most entertaining and dangerous fighter in women’s boxing and has already lit up many venues in her professional journey, most recently Wembley Stadium on the Joshua v Klitschko card in front of 90,000. She is one of the biggest stars in Ireland and we are expecting fantastic support from the Irish community on the east coast for her first US experience.”