Kellie ‘would love to fight on Katie card’

by Jonny Stapleton
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Jonny Stapleton

Kellie Harrington says it would be ‘absolutely brilliant’ to fight in Croke Park on a Katie Taylor undercard this year.

The Dubliner’s fellow Olympic gold medal winner is exploring a possibility of a massive homecoming clash and a mega-fight at GAA headquarters.

There has been no official announcement and there is skepticism due to the number of false homecoming dawns since Matchroom first discussed a Dublin clash for the Irish Icon in late 2016.  

However, if it does materialize this year Harrington would love to play a part, appear on the undercard and fight in a stadium a few minutes walk from her Portland Row home.

“If she was boxing in Ireland and in Croke Park it would be fantastic,” she says.

“It’s only a stone’s throw away from my house, it’d be absolutely brilliant.”

Like most, the Olympic gold medal winner isn’t confident undisputed lightweight world champion will get her ‘fight at home’ wish granted.

“I don’t know what the possibility is of that actually happening. Especially in October, because I know Katie will need time to recover, especially after that last fight.

“People don’t think of all these things. She needs to recover and she needs to train again to get ready to fight again.

“October is very soon for that to be happening so I don’t know. Maybe she will be back out, maybe she won’t, but I just don’t know if it’s going to happen in Croke Park,” she adds before assuring of she does trade leather on a professional undercard it will be as an amateur.

“If it did happen in Croke Park I’d be absolutely delighted to be boxing there. In my community, it’d be a dream come true. But it’d be as an amateur, not as a professional.”

The Dublin Gazette understands talks have already begun with Croke Park re a huge Katie Taylor topped fight night. The last Saturday of September and the first Saturday of October are targeted time frames.

There is a real willingness from Matchroom, Eddie Hearn, and Taylor’s managerial team led by Brian Peters to get it done. Last week former boxing and UFC world champion Holly Holm moved into opponent pole.

Amanda Serrano, Taylor’s opponent in the historic Madison Square Garden March clash,  is the preferred option but negotiations have broken down.

If Taylor does come to Dublin, Phibsboro heavyweight Thomas Carty will be nigh on a cert for the undercard.

The Celtic Warrior Gym fighter’s last two fights have been on Matchroom bills and he would be a perfect fit for what would be a historic card.

Elsewhere, Harrington’s near neighbour Pierce O’Leary has signed terms with veteran British promoter Frank Waren. The Dublin Docklands banger has impressed massively since turning over and linking up with a TV aligned promoter will help him progress to the next level.

Olympic boxing champion Kellie Harrington pictured with the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Alison Gilliland

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