Exclusive – Save the date for Katie Taylor!

Katie Taylor's [22(6)-0] massive homecoming has been penciled in for Croke Park and May 20.

by Jonny Stapleton
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The Gazette understands that May 20 is the date set aside for what would be a historic day in Irish sport.

It has to be noted a first fight in Ireland for the Irish Icon has yet to be confirmed as happening. However, something that was first promised in 2016 looks more likely now than ever and should play out on the grandest of scales in early summer.

It’s understood the second last Saturday in May has been provisionally booked by Matchroom for Croke Park and a number of online outlets have inadvertently suggested as much this week.

Official confirmation of the fight isn’t forthcoming, an announcement probably won’t come until February 4 if proposed opponent, Amanda Serrano [43(30)-2-1] successfully unifies the featherweight live on DAZN in Madison Square Garden.

30 April 2022; Katie Taylor and coach Ross Enamait, left, celebrate victory after her undisputed world lightweight championship fight with Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in New York, USA. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

A Dublin fight night was first mentioned by Eddie Hearn when he first signed the Olympic gold medal winner in 2016 and there were early plans to bring one of Ireland’s greatest-ever sports stars to the 3Arena. However, nigh seven years later the Wicklow wonder has yet to fight on home soil.

Croke Park has been mentioned since last April after Taylor won ‘the greatest woman’s fight of all time’ in Madison Square Garden. However, plans to rematch Serrano in September of 2022 fell through. A massive Jones’ Road clash is back on the cards and if seven weight world champion, Serrano defeats Erika Cruz  in New York on  February 4 the homecoming could be confirmed in MSG ring. 

29 October 2022; Katie Taylor after her undisputed lightweight championship victory over Karen Elizabeth Carabajal at the OVO Arena Wembley in London, England. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

As Matchroom fighters Kildare fighter Gary Cully and Belfast talent Caoimhin Agyarko are certs to appear on the undercard. Dublin heavyweight Thomas Carty has been mentioned by Eddie Hearn as one he wants on any GAA Headquarters card, while every other active Dub will be vying for a slot. 

Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

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