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Wednesday 20 November 2019

Katie to return to ring in November

Katie Taylor
Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor is set to return to the ring on November 2 in the UK.

This will be her first fight since becoming the undisputed world lightweight champion following an epic contest against Belgium's Delfine Persoon in New York's Madison Square Garden last May.

Taylor's promoter Eddie Hearn confirmed the fight date in an interview on Sky Sports. The undefeated Bray boxer will top the bill against a yet unnamed opponent.

While the Matchroom boss didn't reveal a venue the fight will almost certainly be held in London - possibly in the iconic York Hall.

Taylor is likely to move up to the super lightweight division for her November 2 fight. Christina 'Black Mamba' Linardatou, who was raised in Greece but born in the Dominican Republic is emerging as her probable opponent.

Linardatou (31), who is the reigning WBO super lightweight champion, signed a deal with top US promoter Lou DiBella last week.

Later this month he promotes the eagerly awaited clash between seven-weight world title holder Amanda Serrano and current WBO featherweight holder Heather Hardy in New York. The winner is guaranteed a crack at Taylor early in the New Year.

Katie Taylor's promotion company Matchroom has already made contact with the Linardatou but the talks are understood to have stalled.

Deals

Due to Taylor's profile in women's boxing all opponents are now demanding huge purses in order to get into the ring to fight her but invariably deals get done.

Meanwhile, Kildare-born, Brisbane-based fighter Dennis Hogan hopes to secure a money-spinning World title fight, details of which will be announced in the next 48 hours.

Hogan was desperately unlucky not to have secured a sensational victory over defending WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia in his home city of Monterrey in Mexico last April.

The Munguia camp promised him a rematch but predictably reneged on the deal. But Hogan's brave performance caught the eye of boxing promoters and it looks certain that Hogan will have a third chance to secure a world title against a high-profile opponent.

 

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