Taylor opponents lined up for Dublin bouts
Updated: Wednesday, 30 Jan 2013 15:03
Katie Taylor will face German champion Maike Klüners in her return to the ring at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Sunday, 24 February.
The bout with Klüners sold out in a matter of hours leading to the addition of a second date at the same venue on Friday, 22 March, where the Olympic gold medallist will tackle Yulia Tsiplakova from Ukraine.
Katie's father and trainer Pete admitted that securing worthy opponents had not been easy, with the American Queen Underwood one of those sought, but she could not commit.
Looking forward to the upcoming bouts, Pete Taylor said: Katie is the one they all want to beat and that's something we're very aware off.
"Both girls like to come and have a fight so they should be exciting bouts and good to watch. Katie is training as hard as ever.
"She's moving on from the London games now and looking to the future and retaining her Olympic, World and European titles."
Katie Taylor added: Boxing at home is always special and I'm really looking forward to the fights. I've boxed both girls before and they are very experienced international boxers so I know what to expect.
"My Dad is already working on the tactics for those fights and we're working hard in the gym every day so it's great to have some fights coming up again and the fact they are in Ireland is an added bonus."
Klueners says she’s looking forward to renewing her rivalry with Taylor. "Katie is a big role model for boxers across the world both male and female. Her success has been really important for female boxing and it’s now taken seriously as a sport across the world and given the respect it deserves."
However despite her respect for Taylor and what she has done for the sport Klueners says she won’t be intimidated and is happy to meet Taylor head on in Dublin. "Katie is the best female fighter in the world today but she is human too and boxing is a sport where anything is possible. I know it won’t be easy but I have a brave heart and I believe I will be a very dangerous opponent for Katie.
"Boxing at home is always special and I'm really looking forward to the fights" - Katie Taylor
"I recently won the German national championships so I’m looking forward to this fight and the European Championships later in the year with confidence.
"Of course like Katie I am also looking forward to the 2016 Olympics. I have considered turning professional and that is always an option but once the Olympic dream catches you it’s hard to let that go."