Op­po­nent un­known but Katie’s in fine form

Bray boxing sen­sa­tion set for U.S. de­but on Satur­day in Brook­lyn

Bray People - - SPORT -

DE­SPITE not know­ing her op­po­nent for this Satur­day’s Amer­i­can de­but in Brook­lyn, Bray boxing sen­sa­tion Katie Tay­lor is brim­ming with con­fi­dence ahead of what prom­ises to be a launch­pad for her pro­fes­sional am­bi­tions in the U.S.

The Bray pugilist even re­leased a video of her train­ing regime on her Twit­ter ac­count and in it she looks to be in dev­as­tat­ing form.

The late an­nounce­ment of an op­po­nent will be a worry for her sup­port­ers, how­ever.

It’s un­der­stood that the New York State Com­mis­sion, who are strict on mis­matches and de­mand com­pet­i­tive fights on their cards, have al­ready turned down a sug­gested op­po­nent from Tay­lor’s team.

The County Wick­low na­tive, who has cruised through her first five pro bouts, is slated to fight over eight rounds on the Adrien Broner ver­sus Mikey Gar­cia un­der­card at the Bar­clays Cen­tre.

Tay­lor has im­pressed since join­ing the pro­fes­sional ranks in Novem­ber, with three of the five wins com­ing in­side the dis­tance.

The 2012 Olympic gold medal­list moved into line for a WBA world light­weight ti­tle shot in her last out­ing in April when she stopped Nina Meinke at Wem­b­ley Sta­dium in Lon­don to col­lect the WBA in­ter-con­ti­nen­tal strap into the bar­gain.

Tay­lor fights over eight rounds on her bow on Amer­i­can soil, and the 31-year-old is ex­cited to be on the bill topped by the su­per-light­weight show­down be­tween four-di­vi­sion world cham­pion Adrien Broner and un­beaten three-di­vi­sion world cham­pion Mikey Gar­cia.

“I’m re­ally ex­cited about boxing in the US be­cause I’ve been train­ing in Con­necti­cut for all my fights to date,” said Tay­lor.

“It’s great now to ac­tu­ally have a fight over here and es­pe­cially on such a big card.

“The Bar­clays Cen­ter is a fan­tas­tic arena.

“I was there to see the DeGale v Jack fight in Jan­uary, that was a great fight and the Broner v Gar­cia fight is an­other ter­rific match-up so it’s bril­liant to get the op­por­tu­nity to be part of that event.”

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