As Katie Taylor gets ready to make her professional boxing debut this weekend in London, many comparisons have been made with what her promoters are trying to do to that of what UFC promoters did with Ronda Rousey in the sport of mixed martial arts.
It isn’t a secret that there is a demand for more female sports from TV broadcasters in recent years and that Katie Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Sport and their broadcaster Sky Sports are looking to up their amount of female sports content within boxing.
With Katie Taylor spear heading the experiment (here she is in beast mode in training in the lead up to this weekend’s fight).
When the idea was initially floated a few years back in the sport of mixed martial arts to UFC president Dana White, he thought the idea of female fighting in their sport would never take off.
Admittedly, he acknowledges he got that one badly wrong as female fighting in the UFC has proven to be very popular with Ronda Rousey their star name in recent years.
But they’ve also been able to create a division of female talent in the UFC through investment in the fighters, their marketing and so on.
Will Hearn and Sky do the same in Katie Taylor? I don’t see why not.
Speaking on could Taylor and Ronda Rousey ever meet in a fight Eddie Hearn said on Sky Sports News today:
Eddie Hearn says Katie Taylor Would Fight Ronda Rousey
Taylor weighed in for the first time in her pro boxing career at the Hilton in London ahead of her fight tomorrow night on Sky Sports which will take place at the Wembley Arena:
Katie Taylor during the official weigh-in at the Hilton London Wembley Hotel prior to the Big City Dreams boxing event at the Wembley Arena. pic.twitter.com/rDW7vgpZHQ
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