Taylor may face US opponent in Cork again

WORLD Champion Katie Taylor is to top the bill at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork on November 6 when a Garda Síochána selection host the NYPD.

The parties have twice met at the Cork venue and the Gardaí have also travelled to New York for sell-out charity shows – the most recent coming in March.

An opponent has to be finalised but Queen Underwood, who gave Taylor a stern test in the world championships semi-finals was one of those under consideration for the Cork show.

“We have not yet nailed down an opponent for Katie but there are two top-class opponents under consideration,” Rylane coach and event organiser Dan Lane said last night.

Rylane boxing club will co-promote the dinner-show at the Rochestown Park in November and several members of the victorious Cork football team who trained in the Rylane club last year have promised to attend.

Meanwhile, bookmaking giant Paddy Power have slashed the Bray woman’s price for a goal medal at the London 2012 Olympics to 1/3. Sharon McHugh, spokesperson for Paddy Power, said: “Katie’s performance in Barbados, particularly in the semi-final, proved what a fighting spirit and determination she has. There was no way she was letting go of her title and with just under two years to go until the next Olympics everything is looking good.”

Elsewhere Andy Lee who brought his record to 23 wins (17KO) and just one loss, is set to headline another show, promoted this time by Hitz Boxing, at the lavish ‘Venue’ in the Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, Indiana, on October 2. The opponent will be veteran fighter Troy Lowry from Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Lee put on a masterclass performance against a tough and credible Michael Walker on Friday evening in the main event of the ‘Windy City Fight Night’ boxing show at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago.

The Limerick southpaw did his best work from behind an accurate right jab to break Walker down in the middle rounds and the Chicago veteran was reeling from a succession of combinations when referee, Celestino Ruiz, was forced to step in with a minute remaining in the eighth. “All credit to the determination and heart shown by Michael Walker – he gave me a good fight,” Lee said. “I kept my focus and composure throughout and I’m delighted with the stoppage win.”

Emanuel Steward, Lee’s manager and trainer was pleased by the display.

“Andy is growing in confidence,” he said. “He fought a very smart and disciplined fight and demonstrated great maturity in the ring.

“I was delighted when Andy stepped on the gas and got his opponent out of there. It is now full steam ahead, we have another fight coming up in two weeks.”

Matthew Macklin beat Shalva Jumardashvili inside six rounds to win the vacant European middleweight title on Saturday night a meeting with Lee may be on the cards.

Whether that fight materialises in the near future could be decided by Brian Peters who promotes both boxers in Ireland. Peters has made no secret of his desire to bring JohnDuddy back to Ireland for a big fight.

“There are a lot of big fights out there and I would love to make them all happen,” Peters said. “We have a rich harvest of world class middleweights and I would like to see them touch gloves while they are all in their prime. Of course there are big fights out there and I would dearly love to make them all happen and who knows – I mean I have made Willie Casey and Kiko (Martinez) happen.”

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