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Robert Hynes

Eddie Hearn outlines Katie Taylor Croke Park fight timeline and what happens next

Eddie Hearn says he would like to know by the end of the year if it is possible to stage Katie Taylor's dream Croke Park homecoming fight next summer.

Given the good old Irish weather, May is probably the earliest stage of 2023 that the event could be held, which leaves a relatively small window to stage it before the GAA inter-county season gets into full swing.

Taylor took her professional record to 22-0 on Saturday night by beating Argentina's Karen Elizabeth Carabajal via unanimous decision at the Wembley Arena in London.

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Immediately after the bout, the undisputed lightweight queen's promoter insisted GAA Headquarters would be next up for her.

Expanding on those comments at the post-fight press conference, Hearn said: "We have kind of dug ourselves into a hole now, I’ve said it. It is happening and it is next. Whoever it is, it will be in Ireland."

But the Matchroom boss knows a lot of work needs to be done for the event to go ahead and he is hopeful of securing the fight by the end of the year.

He added: "I would like to be in a position where even by the end of the year we know if that's a reality, Croke Park, because there's a lot of work to be done. Brian [Peters, Taylor's manager] has already started that work going into the September fight but there's still a huge amount of logistics that need to be put in place for a large stadium fight like that.

"I don't want to drag it out until March or April saying to Katie 'yeah it's coming' and then you got to plan another fight and then you fight someone else in May or June.

"This is our one shot... next summer... Croke Park. The one shot to make it happen."


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