MATCHROOM Sports have confirmed that Katie Taylor has signed a professional boxing contract with them following a week of speculation.
Her eagerly anticipated debut will take place in Wembley Arena on November 26 and will be available to watch live on Sky Sports.
And there will be little rest for Taylor as a second fight has already been scheduled for December 10 in Manchester, which will be on the undercard of fellow Olympic Gold medalist Anthony Joshua’s IBF World Heavyweight title defence.
“When I first dreamt of Olympic gold, female boxing was practically unknown,” said 30-year-old Taylor, who leaves the amateur ranks after a decade of dominance.
“Now because of my journey and the incredible supporters who came along with me, female boxing is as much part of the fabric of the Olympics as its male counterpart.
"Now I want to do the same for the professional sport and I hope those who have supported me along the way will come along with me. I'm excited for the road ahead.”
Taylor's manager Brian Peters added: “I’m delighted to have the opportunity to work with Katie again. She is undoubtedly one of Ireland’s greatest ever athletes, a national treasure and a true pioneer for women’s sport.
“She was hugely instrumental in getting women’s boxing into the Olympics and now she wants to make a similar impact on the professional side of the sport.”
- Tickets for November 26 in London go on general sale at midday on Friday October 28, with tickets priced £40, £60 and £100 available from www.ssearena.co.uk or by calling 0844 815 0815. £150 VIP tickets are available exclusively via www.matchroomboxing.com