Katie Taylor homecoming on hold as she prepares for New York title defence

Katie Taylor’s proposed homecoming fight in Dublin is set to be put on hold as her next title defence looks to be taking place in New York.

The reigning WBA World Lightweight Champion spoke about her ambition to defend her title in Ireland ahead of her latest successful defence against Jessica McCaskill in December when she said that her experiences fighting in the UK “is just a taste of what it will be like when I do box at home.

“I can’t wait to box at home in front of my own crowd. I am so excited about that,” she said.

However, according to The42 yesterday, the Bray native will next feature on the undercard of Daniel Jacobs’ proposed fight against Cork’s Gary ‘Spike’ O’Sullivan in April at the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn which would delay any planned fight in Ireland.

Despite the supposed location change, a unification bout between Taylor and IBF lightweight champion Victoria Bustos remains the ideal option, while a fight against WBO champion Rose Volante is also being explored as a backup, according to The42.

Taylor has previously competed in the Barclays Centre when she defeated Jasmine Clarkson last summer.

Speaking to the Irish Independent, middleweight Cork-native O’Sullivan said that selling tickets would not be a problem if he and Katie competed on the same card in New York.

“It would be easy to move tickets all right. We both have fans and they could combine together. It would be absolutely fabulous if both of us were on the same card. It would attract massive Irish support in New York,” he said.

WicklowNews have reached out to her coach, Ross Enamait, and Matchroom Promotions for comment.

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