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Love him or hate him, Eddie Hearn has delivered for Katie Taylor

Off The Ball
Off The Ball

15:10 29 Dec 2017

When Katie Taylor finally turned her attention to the professional ranks after a glittering amateur career, it was questionable whether she would receive the support she would need to make a successful transition into the paid ranks.

While women's boxing has been on the up over the last number of years - including its recognition as an Olympic sport - professional female fighters haven't been given their fair share of the limelight to make sustainable careers in the ring, Holly Holm aside. 

Taylor hired Brian Peters to be her manager, and together they travelled to meet Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn to sound him out about working with them.

Given that Matchroom have a good working relationship with Sky Sports - the same Sky Sports who had previously sponsored the Bray native as an ambassador - the match made sense. 

The trio clearly hit it off, and, at the press conference in Dublin City Hall ahead of her professional debut against Karina Kopinska, Hearn made some big statements about how he saw her career taking shape. 

Brian Peters, Katie Taylor and Eddie Hearn during a press conference at City Hall, Dublin. Picture by: Niall Carson/PA Archive/PA Images

She would fight regularly on the undercards of his top boxers - including heaveyweight champion Anthony Joshua - and he hoped to take her to the USA to box on a Gennady Golovkin card.

The 'GGG' opportunity fell through in the end, but it was a statement of intent from Hearn. 

Since that press conference in November 2016, Taylor has won eight straight fights, fought on the biggest fight nights in the UK - including on the Joshua-Klitschko card at Wembley Stadium - won in the U.S., became a WBA world champion and defended her title. 

Under the tutelage of Ross Enamait, she has adapted her amateur style to suit the professional ranks, although her last fight is the type of brawl she probably will be keen to avoid in the future. 

Taylor hasn't been involved in as rough a fight as she was against Jessica McCaskill since her 2010 World Championship semi-final bout against Queen Underwood, and would more than likely be happy enough to wait another seven years for a similar brawl.  

Hearn has promised she will fight in Dublin soon, and a world title unification homecoming bout would be ideal. 

Argentina's IBF champion Victoria Bustos (18-4) is the most likely candidate for the Irishwoman to fight next. Bustos is yet to stop an opponent in her professional career and, given the war Taylor was just involved in, will probably get a call from Hearn sooner rather than later.

Brazil's Rose Volante (12-0) recently claimed the WBO title, and is another viable option. Belgium's Delphine Peerson (39-1), who holds the WBC belt, will most likely be Taylor's 'Everest' in the lightweight division, and that fight will be let simmer for a while. 

Regardless of the eventual sequence, so far, Hearn has delivered for Taylor, and long may it continue. 

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