Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has backed Dublin to deliver again when he brings Katie Taylor back to the city on November 25.
The experienced fight maker revealed the atmosphere at the 3Arena for the world title fight between the Irish Icon and Chantelle Cameron was beyond compare and the ‘most special’ he has witnessed.
It’s a massive statement considering the son of legendary Barry Hearn has been around the sport all his life and witnessed some of the biggest fight nights in history even before he started promoting. As a promoter he’s been involved in all of Anthony Joshua’s fights, promoted Saul Canelo Alvares, brought Carl Froch to Wembley, ran stadium shows in the UK and worked across the world but Dublin for Taylor’s homecoming stoodout.
It’s part of the reason he has decided to run the fight back at the famous Docklands venue and brings another massive show to Ireland. Hearn has backed Dublin to trump May 20 later this year and produce a unique and unrivaled fight night atmosphere.
“The atmosphere inside that arena was one of the loudest and most special that I’ve ever experienced in all my years in this sport and I expect November 25 to be even better,” he says.
Considering Dennis Hogan, chief support Gary Cully and star attraction Taylor all suffered defeat on the night there is room for an increased fan fervor.
Regardless of the outcome, Hearn, who promotes both main event protagonists, expects the fight to deliver again.
“Last time out Chantelle Cameron proved that she in one of the very best female fighters on the planet by handing Katie Taylor her first loss in the professional ranks. Katie will be desperate to avenge that loss but Chantelle is determined to prove that it wasn’t a one off. Don’t miss this one, live and exclusive around the world on DAZN.”
Taylor is ‘relishing’ the rare revenge mission and is determined to wrestle back her status as the pound-for-pound #1 in women’s boxing.
The greatest female boxer of all time was proved fallible by Cameron last time out and was calling for a repeat within seconds of the result being called out.
The undisputed lightweight champion of the world ignored calls for her to explore other options before reaching the bigger and younger fighter and demanded her team immediately activated the rematch clause.
Now the fight is officially confirmed one of Ireland’s greatest ever sports stars is revelling in the chance to avenge the defeat.
“I’m delighted the rematch has been made and really can’t wait for another huge night in November,” said Taylor. “I relish challenges like this and these are the occasions I live for.”
Gazette Sport understands Thomas Carty will populate the undercard with Ivan Drago lookalike Steve Robinson being advertised as a potential foe.
Gary Cully could rematch Mexican Jose Felix Jr, while Paddy Donovan is another cert to appear, although not against Dubliner Darragh Foley as first mentioned.