Irish lightweight boxer Katie Taylor will make her debut on American soil on July 29.
She will face an opponent still TBD in an eight-round fight at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Since turning professional last November, all of Taylor’s bouts have been in England.
“Katie is clearly one of the biggest stars in Irish boxing and her presence on this card further evidences the rise in women’s boxing,” Lou DiBella, who is promoting the fight, said. “She joins five-time, five-weight-division Puerto Rican world champion Amanda Serrano and U.S. star Heather Hardy in continuing our commitment to include the best women on the best cards at Barclays Center.
“While Katie will appear on the international telecast, the local Irish community and U.S.-based fans will need to join us at Barclays Center on July 29 to see her in action.”
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Taylor (5-0, 3 KO’s) won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympic Games. She is also a five-time world amateur champion.
“I’m so pleased to see Katie make her American debut on such an outstanding card,” her promoter Eddie Hearn said in a news release. “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…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 U.S. experience.”