Katie Taylor arrived back in Dublin this morning after claiming her first world professional title and has confirmed that she hopes to fight in Dublin in 2018.
Taylor dominated her 10-round bout against Argentina’s Anahi Esther Sanchez. She was competing on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s world heavyweight title defence against Carlos Takam at the Principality Stadium,
"A title fight in 2018 would be a dream," Taylor told RTÉ’s Joe Stack.
"That was always in the pipeline, a good homecoming in Dublin. I think Eddie (Hearn) has spoken about that as well. So sometime next year I’ll definitely be fighting here at home, I can’t wait for it.
"The unification of the belts would be a dream for me too, that fight last night will open up plenty of doors for me in the future.
"There are a lot of great champions out there and a lot of great fighters in and around my weight and there will potentially be some super fights in the future."
The five-time world amateur champion showed her class in Cardiff, but Sanchez proved to be a determined opponent and their bout was an entertaining and dramatic one.
"It was a tough fight, I don’t think I’ve ever got hit as much in all my life," added Taylor. "My face is bruised and terrible but that is professional boxing."
"I definitely expected a tough ten round battle going into that fight. I’d prepared for that and I was delighted to come away with the win.
Great to wake up as World Champion today! Thanks to all for the support. We're only getting started...💥 pic.twitter.com/hyK1My4fJK— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) October 29, 2017
The Bray native dropped the 26-year-old in the second round but Sanchez managed to see out the round.
"I was praying she wouldn’t get up, she has a lot of heart but she is tough and durable.
"I caught her with a couple of right hands, she kept coming and coming, thankfully I was prepared and ready for that tough ten round battle.
"I had plenty of rounds of sparring under my belt from the last ten or 11 weeks in camp and I needed that for this fight."
Just over a year ago Taylor’s defence of her Olympic gold ended in the quarter-final stage when she was beaten on a split decision by Finland’s Mira Potkonen in Rio.
"This time last year I was definitely at the lowest point of my career but I knew that it wasn’t over for me yet.
"I knew that the best was still to come I just had to stay determined and not give up and that’s what I did. I made the decision to go pro, to go out to my trainer Ross and it’s been the best decision I ever made."