Victory for Katie Taylor this weekend could open the door to her headlining a massive boxing event at Croke Park, according to promoter Eddie Hearn.

A huge number of boxing fans, including plenty of young children, piled into Liffey Valley in Dublin on Wednesday as Taylor and the other fighters on Saturday's card at the 3Arena did public workouts in a ring set up in the centre of the shopping centre.

Standing in the undisputed lightweight champion's way is Chantelle Cameron, the English fighter who spoiled the party back in May by handing Taylor the first defeat of her professional career.


Cameron, who is five years younger than Ireland's golden girl, is the favourite with the bookies to win and many people, for arguably the first time in Taylor's career, are struggling to see how she can reverse the result from the first fight.

Matchroom boss Hearn admits that ticket sales were slower this time around than they were back in May, but says the show is now sold out.

And he still believes that Taylor could still fight at Croke Park, despite the eye-watering costs associated with hiring GAA Headquarters, if she is successful on Saturday night.

Blown away by the crowd that turned up at the workouts, Hearn said: "It's amazing when you come here. I've never seen anything like it. Kids. Grandparents. Not even Anthony Joshua... I don't see this for 'AJ', in terms of the kids with their Irish t-shirts on, with their Katie Taylor flags. It's another level."

On what could be next if she wins, he stated: "The trilogy could be massive. We've got the rematch with Amanda Serrano. If she wins on Saturday night, I want to deliver Croke Park because if she comes through this fight, her popularity will go to another level.

Katie Taylor, Eddie Hearn and Chantelle Cameron.
Katie Taylor, Eddie Hearn and Chantelle Cameron.

"Don’t forget, not a lot of people are giving her a load of chances in this fight. So if she proves everyone wrong in this fight, it’ll be her greatest victory ever."

But if Taylor loses this time around, it will be a long road back for the Irish hero, who turned 37 in the summer.

Hearn added: "You look at the turn out here, you start seeing the coverage, start seeing the head-to-head yesterday you start to realise how massive this fight is for Katie and for women’s boxing but really for the career of Katie Taylor.

"I mean like you know Katie, it is very difficult to have the conversation about if you lose and I would never have that conversation with her. But if you lose at home back-to-back (it's tough to come back).

"I know you can say yes it is at 140 but don’t forget this is the third consecutive seven figure gate that Katie has had. Madison Square Garden, now the two here. She is a huge draw, but if you keep getting beat you won’t be."

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