Tay­lor added to card for Bernard Dunne ti­tle fight

BOX­ING KATIE LOOKING FOR­WARD TO FIGHT­ING IN PACKED O2 ARENA

Bray People - - Sports - Daniel GOR­MAN

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.

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