Ring Queen Taylor planning Cork bout

Plans are afoot for Katie Taylor to fight in Cork at the end of the month, as the Olympic champion faces into a year where she hopes to defend her European and World titles.

Ring Queen Taylor planning Cork bout

The London 2012 lightweight gold medallist has fought in Dublin, Mayo and her hometown of Bray in the past 12 months and it is understood her camp will look to source foreign opponents for the proposed bouts on Leeside.

Finding fighters willing to climb into the ring with the multi-medallist hasn’t been easy, however, but the Taylor camp has made a point this last year of attempting to schedule appearances around the country.

The last 12 months proved to be disappointingly low-key for the fighter but she did appear in a handful of venues that included Dublin’s Mansion House, the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and the Royal Theatre in Castlebar.

This year will be different. Or should be, anyway. Uncertainty surrounds dates and venues for the Worlds and Europeans but this is unarguably the biggest year in terms of competition for the 27-year old between London and Rio in 2016.

“This year I’d see as being a big year so I want to keep on top of things,” she said yesterday. “I haven’t heard anything about the European Championships, about where they are going to be. Even the World Championships in Canada I heard were going to change places again from Toronto to Quebec. The Europeans I think are going to be around May but I’ve heard nothing yet about the country. From Irish boxing I’ve heard nothing either and whether they would have the money now to (host the European Championships) I’m not sure. I wouldn’t expect them to get it.”

Taylor expressed disappointment last February with the manner in which the Amateur Irish Boxing Association (AIBA) had dealt with the cancellation of the event they were due to host but then 2013 was a year of misses rather than hits. Though she defended her EU Championship title in Hungary during the summer she subsequently complained about having to fight in a tent with 100 people watching and the lack of a female branch of the World Series of Boxing has also rankled.

The 27-year-old spoke about the possibility of going pro such was the disillusionment with her lot post-London but there was little evidence of all that yesterday. The final touches are being applied to the renovations of her gym in Bray and the focus is on the National Championships next month although no-one has ever weighed-in to face her.

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