Katie Taylor’s ‘special’ homecoming offers  local fighters like Cabra’s Thomas Carty  world stage to shine on

by Aaron Dunne
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Aaron Dunne

A RISING tide lifts all boats… or so the saying goes.

A thought the Dublin Gazette put to Katie Taylor last week when asking about the undercard of her mega homecoming at the 3 Arena in Dublin on Saturday.

Finally… home at last.

Well, not quite. The Bray native is speaking from her training base in Connecticut, but will be heading for the airport not long after she finished her media duties. Time to smell the roses.

This week is fight week before she defends her world title on home soil for the first time. Something really special.

Her homecoming will be special on its own, of course.

It would have been special had it just been her, challenger Chantelle Cameron, manager Brian Peters and a packet of Hunky Dorys at the shed end of Carlisle Park with Ray McManus.

World champions defedning from home… doesn’t happen very often.

It’s all about Katie, of course, but there is also the matter of a really prodigious looking undercard.

A grand stage on which to shine.

Professional boxing is on the up and up again in Ireland with a talent machine chirning ut Olympians to beat the band and Jason Quigley recently headlining the only the second professional fight card since the regency shootings.

The Katie Taylor homecoming card is stacked higher than Croke Park’s

The champion admits she doesn’t take much notice of her undercards, but this time she may have taken a peek.

The man leading that pack had caught her eye.

20 March 2023; Promoter Eddie Hearn, centre, with boxers, from left, Thomas Carty, James Metcalfe, Terri Harper and Gary Cully after a media conference, held at the Mansion House in Dublin, to promote the undisputed super lightweight championship fight between Katie Taylor and Chantelle Cameron, on May 20th at 3Arena in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

The man to watch is Garry Sully. A talent Taylor thinks might steal the show on Saturday night.

Rising the boats is one thing… but can they float?

“This card is very special and it’s going to be a very special night for Irish boxing, Gary Cully obviously is a huge talent, I think he’s going to be a future world champion.  

“An amazing talent. And obviously delighted they’re going to be on the card.”

High tide hits on Saturday for a floatilla of Irish talent.

20 March 2023; Katie Taylor during a media conference, held at the Mansion House in Dublin, ahead of her undisputed super lightweight championship fight with Chantelle Cameron, on May 20th at 3Arena in Dublin. Photo by David Fitzgerald/Sportsfile

Promoter Eddie Hearn (centre) with(from left) Cabra’s Thomas Carty, James Metcalfe, Terri Harper and Gary Cully after a media conference at the Mansion House in Dublin ahead of the Katie Taylor v Chantelle Cameron fight at Dublin’s 3Arena

Katie Taylor will make her first appearance on home soil as a professional when she defends her Super Lightweight  title at the 3 Arena on Saturday

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