By Elliot Foster
Katie Taylor has insisted that she would love a homecoming fight –– but says that it is out of her control.
The 31-year-old Bray woman unified the female world lightweight titles last month, exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK, adding the IBF crown to her own WBA belt with a comprehensive points victory over Victoria Noelia Bustos.
Taylor, whose last outing came at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, would love to come back to Dublin this year.
However, she told Boxing Scene that the situation is out of her hands.
“I would absolutely love to have a homecoming, but I’m not sure whether it will happen this year,” she stated. “With the current climate of Irish boxing, I’m not so sure, but I’d obviously love to fight at home. I’m leaving that to [my promoter] Eddie [Hearn] and my manager [Brian Peters] really to sort that out.”
And while she admits the homecoming is something that she craves, Taylor is refusing to rest on her laurels and is intent on making further waves in the lightweight division.
She added: “My fight weekend was great for me and the week I had off was full of lots of food. It feels great to be called the WBA and IBF champion and sounds even better when someone says it.
“We’ve got two belts to go and that will be the ultimate goal. Whether that’s going to happen this year or not, I’m not sure, but I certainly want to fight for those belts soon.”
Boxing Scene understands that Taylor’s next outing will come on the same card as Dillian Whyte’s next fight, potentially at the O2 Arena in London on either July 21 or July 28, before a Stateside return is pencilled in for the autumn.
“The next fight is going to be in July sometime and we’re hoping that the WBO champion [Rose Volante] will fight, but there’s nothing set in stone and we’ll see what happens.
“The next fight is going to be in England and then we’re hoping to get back to the States before the end of the year.
“The reaction I have had has been overwhelming, in the UK, back at home and in America. The following I have in the UK and Ireland is very special and I would love to build the same kind of fanbase in the US.
“That’s why it’s so important to continue to box out there, but I can box on all these big shows whenever I want and it’s going to be an exciting few months.”
Matchroom Boxing USA announced their streaming deal in the States last Thursday –– with the first show set for September 22 at a venue to be confirmed in New York –– and Taylor could become a staple part of it.
“It makes it easier to get fights out in the States with Matchroom’s USA brand being launched,” she said. “But I don’t really care where I’m boxing as long as I get the big fights whether that be in the States or over here.”