Katie Taylor set for St Patrick's Day weekend bout in New York City

The 2012 Olympic gold medallist makes her professional debut this weekend in London

Katie Taylor

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Katie Taylor makes her professional debut this weekend in London's Wembley Arena and already looks set to feature at the one of the world's biggest sporting venues.

Speaking at a press conference in Dublin on Tuesday afternoon, it was announced that Taylor is set to fight at Madison Square Garden on St Patrick's Day weekend next March.

All going to plan, Taylor will have two fights under her belt before the year ends and will take her slot on the undercard of Gennady Golovkin’s world title defence next year.

"It looks like we're set for March the 18th at Madison Square Garden on the undercard of the Gennady Golovkin fight as well after discussions with Tom Loeffler over the weekend, which is a huge opportunity for Katie Taylor," promoter Eddie Hearn said.

"This is a new step for Matchroom Boxing and Sky Sports, some of the guys in the media spoke to me after Katie’s gold medal in London about the possibility of her turning pro. There didn’t seem to be the same kind of appetite from broadcasters than there is now.

"Women's sport is really flourishing across networks and channels and after her performances - and of course after the recent Olympics - I received a text from Katie asking would I be interested in promoting her. 

"I was fascinated by Katie Taylor. She reminded me what was important about top-level sport and in boxing, we're battling with ego and politics. Here was someone who showed me the purity of the sport."

Hearn added: "I believe it’s not about women’s boxing breaking through, it’s about the product breaking through. What that means is if you’re entertaining, you’re entertaining. Doesn’t matter if you’re a man or a woman, it’s irrelevant. She’s going to break down the barriers."