Taylor added to card for Bernard Dunne title fight
BOXING KATIE LOOKING FORWARD TO FIGHTING IN PACKED O2 ARENA
BRAY BOXING sensation Katie Taylor will be one of the stars on the undercard for Dubliner Bernard Dunne’s world title challenge against Richard Cordoba on March 21.
Taylor will be joined by Olympics heroes Kenny Egan and Paddy Barnes as well as lightweight world junior champion Ray Moylette to name but a few.
The 22-year old threetime European amateur champion and double World amateur champion may be one of the most feared female boxers on the planet, but Irish people have had little or few opportunities to see the soft-spoken star perform live or on the television.
‘I think I’ve only boxed in Ireland seven or eight times and I’ve had over 100 fights.
‘Most people here have never really seen me so I’m really excited about it. We’re looking for the 63kg American girl (Quanitta Underwood).
‘I don’t want anyone whose going to run around,’ said Taylor adding, ‘yeah I’ll fight a man. I’m so used to boxing in front of about 20 people, 9,000 is going to be huge.
‘It’s a huge opportunity for me to fight in front of a big crowd and it will be a tremendous experience.
‘It’s really going to be a big night for Irish boxing and a great chance for me to perform on a big stage so I’m looking forward to it.
‘I will probably be a bit nervous boxing before a crowd of up to 10,000 at the O2 but I’m used to fighting under a bit of pressure anyhow.
‘The atmosphere at Bernard’s fights is normally amazing so I can only imagine what it’s going to be like in The O2. I’m sure it will be jammed out.’
Taylor is hoping to find out next month whether her dream of boxing at the Olympics will come true or not, as a decision is expected to be announced as regards to whether or not women’s boxing will become part of the 2012 Olympic schedule in London.
Katie Taylor, at the announcement of the Hunky Dorys Fight Night in the O2 Arena.