Newly-crowned world champion Katie Taylor is to have a major homecoming bout in Ireland next year, which will be preceded by a UK headline event next month.
The Bray native beat Anahi Sanchez on Saturday night to claim the vacant WBA lightweight title after a unanimous decision victory, and despite what looked like a serious injury to her eye Taylor will be back in action in the near future.
Many had expected Taylor not to fight again in 2017, but this appears to not be the case.
Promoter Eddie Hearn (via the Irish Independent) has confirmed that the 31-year-old will be back in the ring as soon as next month when she will headline a show before fighting in front of an Irish crowd in April or May next year, which will unify the belts in the lightweight division. Speculation will now turn to potential venues, and it is sure to draw a huge crowd to watch Taylor create even more history.
With her 100 per cent record as a pro still intact, these are exciting times for the 2012 Olympic gold medallist as she bids to cement her legacy as one of the greatest boxers Ireland has ever produced.
For now, we wait in anticipation to see who she’s to fight next.