"It's time to return to Ireland now" Katie Taylor coming to Croker in 2023

"It's time to return to Ireland now" Katie Taylor coming to Croker in 2023 "It's time to return to Ireland now" Katie Taylor coming to Croker in 2023
Neasa Kennedy

Katie Taylor is coming home in 2023 for a 'dream fight' in Croke Park that will possibly take place in May in front of 80,000, although an opponent is yet to be confirmed.

All eyes are on Amanda Serrano but promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that regardless of who it is, it is absolutely happening in Croke Park.

"It's time to return to Ireland now" said Hearn in his post-fight interview.

”Serrano is definitely the target. We won’t wait for her because like Katie said after the interview, no pressure."

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"We hope it’s her, but it doesn’t matter who it is. But it has to be Ireland."

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In her post-fight interview, Taylor expressed enthusiasm for an Amanda Serrano rematch in the GAA Headquarters.

“We want the fight at Croke Park, 80,000 people,”

“Every single person here will want to be there. It will be the biggest event in women’s boxing history.”

Taylor confirmed she is willing to step back from competing for the next few months in order to realise this lifetime dream.

“I am happy to wait a few months for the biggest fight of my career on the biggest stage you could ask for. That is a dream event for me. I think that would be the biggest event in women’s boxing history,”

Hearn expressed that “Katie will fight anyone put in front of her,” and that Taylor's manager, Brian Peters "will push for the best deal. She deserves that but it is about more than that. It is about legacy and a moment Irish sport will never forget."

“We feel Croke Park is filled for any fight, but I still think we want to take a super fight there. It is not just about a celebration of Katie Taylor’s career, it is about the biggest fight available, what she has always been about."

36-year-old Taylor has now extended her unbeaten record to 22 and her 6 year professional career has been filled with countless highlights, but bringing a fight to Ireland is currently her biggest dream.

“It’s been an amazing six years as a professional, but the best is yet to come and I can’t wait for Croke Park next year.”

Taylor and Serrano last met at a historic night for women's boxing in Madison Square Garden in April, with Taylor ultimately winning via split decision. They made history becoming the first women to headline a boxing event at the iconic New York venue, putting on a thrilling and competitive display.

Following Saturday's victory, Taylor continues to be the undisputed, undefeated lightweight champion. 22 fights, 22 wins. She is showing no signs of slowing down and her Croke Park dream is imminent, with Hearn confirming "It is happening and it is next. Whoever it is, it will be in Ireland."

An epic and historic night for Irish sport is on the horizon and this is sure to be the biggest event in women's boxing history.

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