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Jason Quigley Expecting A Special Night For Irish Boxing As Katie Taylor Makes Dublin Return

Jason Quigley Expecting A Special Night For Irish Boxing As Katie Taylor Makes Dublin Return
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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The 3Arena is going to be absolutely hopping on Saturday night, with Katie Taylor set to take to the ring on home soil for the first time as a professional.

It is an occasion that has been a long time coming. Professional boxing on this country was on a hiatus for a number of years, with hopes high that the Bray woman's fight against Chantelle Cameron will usher in a new era of events in Ireland.

Ladbrokes ambassador Jason Quigley, who himself had his first Irish fight as a professional earlier this year, told Balls why this will be such an exciting occasion.

Everyone has been saying it, it's just great to have big time boxing back in the Republic of Ireland again. There is no better woman than Katie to have it and set a buzz...

You can definitely expect an unbelievable atmosphere. We have seen the Bernard Dunne days in the 3Arena, they were special. Irish professional boxing has been starved of that for so many years, so it's going to be extra special this time around.

I believe we are going to see an unreal performance from Katie Taylor on Saturday night. It's going to be electrifying.

I'm really excited for it myself, going to be doing a bit of commentary on the DAZN undercard. I'm looking forward to it, it's going to be one hell of a night for sure.

Katie Taylor is far from the only Irish representative on the card. A number of local fighters have been given the opportunity to fight in front home crowd in Dublin, the type of opportunity that doesn't come up all that often over the course of a career.

As for the fans, they will be thrilled that they are able to see the best professional talent this country has to offer in their own backyard.


Quigley is hoping to see some big performances from the Irish contingent on the night.


There's a massive buzz and massive excitement back around Irish boxing again.

The Irish fans deserve it, they're the best in the world, they really are. To have it here on their doorstep where they don't have to go booking flights, getting visas and hotel rooms, it's great that it's here for the fans that support us all our careers...

It's a great platform for some of these fighters. You have Paddy Donovan, a stablemate of my own, getting his Matchroom debut here. I believe he's going to grab it with both hands and put in a great performance.

You have Thomas Carty, you have Caoimhín Agyarko, you have Gary Cully. You have such a great lineup of fighters coming through, Irish born and bred. It's great for them.

As for the main event, it is likely to be a very even fight. While many more casual fans may expect Katie Taylor to win quite easily, that may not be the case.

Cameron is a top class boxer in her own right and is an undisputed world champion at light-welterweight. Taylor will be moving up in weight class in an attempt to win those belts, although this also means that her opponent does have a size advantage.


Quigley expects Cameron to attempt to use this advantage in the fight, although he still expects the home favourite to get the job done.

Katie isn't known to be a knockout artist or getting her opponents out of there early. Moving up in weight, I definitely don't see that happening. I believe that this is going to go the distance.

I think Katie is going to be too sharp, too strong, too good of a boxer early on in the fight.

I believe Chantelle is a rough, rugged, come forward, hungry fighter. She has all the belts as well to lose, so she's not going to want to lose that...

She will try and use her size and physical ability, bully Katie Taylor a little bit to tire her down. It could get rough and rugged later in the fight once we're through the halfway stage.

She is going to have to do it early though if she wants to win the fight, Katie is an unbelievable boxer and won't let her get inside too easy.

I believe that is going to be the plan for Chantelle. Whether she can pull that off or not, I don't know. Even if she does pull it off, I believe Katie will come away with a points decision.

It's certainly going to be some night for Irish boxing.

SEE ALSO: The 3Arena, Katie Taylor, & Roy Keane - Why Ariel Helwani Has Such An Affinity For Ireland

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