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The Big Apple! Katie Taylor to make US debut later this month

The Bray native will fight at the Barclays Center.

Taylor has won all five of her pro fights so far.
Taylor has won all five of her pro fights so far.
Image: Nick Potts

KATIE TAYLOR WILL make her American debut at the Barclays Center in New York later this month when she steps inside the ring for the sixth time as a professional.

Former Olympic champion Taylor will continue her quest to win a world title on 29 July when she fights on the undercard of the super-lightweight bout between Adrien Broner and Mikey Garcia.

Taylor extended her unbeaten record to 5-0 with a seventh-round stoppage of Germany’s Nina Meinke at Wembley Stadium in May.

The Bray native will fight over eight rounds in New York with her opponent yet to be confirmed.

“I’m really excited about boxing in the US because I’ve been training in Connecticut for all my fights to date,” the 31-year-old said.

“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 – Jack fight in January, that was a great fight and the Broner – Garcia fight is another terrific matchup so it’s brilliant to get the opportunity to be part of that event.

“It’s great to see two top fighters like Broner and Garcia willing to fight each other. That’s what boxing should be about, the best fighting the best and that’s really something I want to do throughout my career as well.

“The last time I fought in the US was almost 10 years ago when I was invited to take part in a demonstration bout at the Men’s World Championships in Chicago. It was part of the campaign to convince the IOC to include women’s boxing in the Olympics.

“I stopped my opponent inside a round that night but hopefully I’ll get the chance to get a few more rounds under my belt at The Barclays Center and showcase my ability to a new audience. I’m sure that there’s going to be lots of Irish fans in the crowd on July 26 and I can’t wait to hear them cheering me on.”

Taylor’s fight will be live on Sky Sports.

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