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Eddie Hearn tight-lipped following reports that he's signed Katie Taylor to pro deal

The former Olympic gold medallist has reportedly signed with Matchroom Sports.

Katie Taylor has decided to turn professional.
Katie Taylor has decided to turn professional.
Image: Patrick Semansky/AP/Press Association Images

KATIE TAYLOR IS reportedly set to turn professional and could make her debut as early as next month.

But Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sports have yet to officially confirm that they have signed the Olympic gold medallist to a pro deal.

Just 24 hours after the fighter confirmed she was not back training at her father’s gym in Bray, it was reported in this morning’s Irish Sun that the 2012 Olympic gold medallist will fight on the undercard of Tommy Coyle’s bout with John Wayne Hibbert at Wembley Arena on 26 November.

The paper claims the fight will be live on Sky Sports.

When pressed this morning, a spokesperson for Matchroom Sports told The42 that the fight is:

Not something we can officially comment on at this stage.”

However, Hearn reportedly told RTÉ that they were in negotiations with the Bray boxer.

Speaking to The42 earlier this month, Taylor was still undecided about turning professional.

““I’m just weighing up all my options at the moment and I’m considering the pro game as well,” she said.

“I haven’t made any decision as of yet but I’m definitely looking at every avenue. I’m speaking to a few promoters as well but I’m in no rush, I’m taking my time because it’s obviously a huge decision for me.

“The pro-game is an option at the moment but I do love the Olympic Games. As I said, I am weighing up everything.”

If confirmed, the news would be another blow to the Irish Amateur Boxing Association’s High Performance Unit after Michael Conlan, Paddy Barnes and Steven Donnelly have all decided to turn professional in the wake of Rio 2016.

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