Katie Taylor’s preparations for her 2014 AIBA World and European Elite title defences will begin close to home next month.
The AIBA World Number 1 will meet Finland’s Mira Potkonen on 30 November at the Ballywaltrim Community Centre in Bray, County Wicklow in what will be her first fight in her home town since she claimed Olympic gold in 2012.
Taylor’s Olympic homecoming in Bray attracted more than 20,000 fans last year, and the current Olympic, World, European, EU and Irish lightweight champion wants to say thank you.
“It’s with great pleasure that I can finally return to the ring and box in Bray. I am delighted that I can give something back to my local community who have extended such overwhelming support for me over the years, “ said the three-time AIBA World Female Boxer of the year.
“I’ve been training hard all summer and am really looking forward to boxing at home against a top class European opponent.It’s great that local fans will have the chance to see me box on a more personable level.”
Taylor’s coach and dad Pete Taylor said that the Rio Olympics was the long term goal, but in the medium term it’s all about defending her World and European titles next year.
"Katie's incredibly driven. She strives to continuously improve and wants to keep winning," said Taylor.
“Hopefully everything we are doing here will lead to the next Olympics in Rio and that's the long term goal, but in the medium term it's about defending her European and World titles next year and obviously the short term goal is this fight on 30 November."