Katie Taylor will have her first professional fight on Irish soil in May.
Her promoter Eddie Hearn says Taylor’s homecoming is likely to happen at Dublin’s 3 Arena instead of Croke Park.
Hearn claims the cost of staging a card at GAA H-Q is three times more expensive than Wembley Stadium. Speaking with BoxingKingMedia.com Hearn has this to say,
“Ultimately and bizarrely, the cost of doing a show at Croke Park is three times more than Wembley. People will say on social media, ‘Oh, pay the money, Hearn!’ It’s like, no, no, the fighters want this much money. If we do it at Croke Park, even with a sellout, with the cost that they want to charge, it’s not possible to give the fighters what they deserve.”
“When you talk about government help or support, people think you shouldn’t be asking for that. If the government, and I’m not having a pop at the Irish government, but if the government are supporting sporting events , which they do, how can you not support an event that will be quite simply one of the greatest events in the history of Irish sport?”
Croke Park administrators are set to robustly give their side of the story following the revelation by boxing promoter Eddie Hearn that Katie Taylor’s homecoming fight in May will not be at the headquarters of the GAA.
Taylor’s likely opponent on May 20th will be Amanda Serrano, but that depends on the Puerto Rican beating Erika Cruz on Saturday.