Minister Jack Chambers backs Katie Taylor for Croke Park appeals and pledges his support
Minister of State for Sports Jack Chambers insists his ‘door is open’ to help Katie Taylor’s bid to set up her rematch with Amanda Serrano at Croke Park.
World champion Taylor’s phenomenal victory on points over Serrano at Madison Square Garden led to immediate calls for a rematch in October.
Bray’s boxer promoter Eddie Hearn said it would be a “shame” if Taylor didn’t get the chance to fight in Dublin as a professional.
But after initially calling for the fight to continue at GAA headquarters, Hearn went on to point out the difficulties in achieving that this year.
Croke Park chief Peter McKenna backed the call, but there are obstacles to the venue hosting the fight, including security and insurance issues and DAZN’s desire to move away from the United States in terms of PPV box office potential.
Speaking today, Minister Chambers said he would do everything in his power to make it happen.
“I want to congratulate Katie on another phenomenal success this weekend,” Chambers said.
“She is one of our best athletes and a figurehead in women’s sport.
“We absolutely support her and hope she can fight in Ireland.
“Obviously there are a number of factors that depend on that, insurance being one.
“Certainly my door will be open and I am willing to commit to trying to make that happen.
“I think it would be phenomenal to see Katie fight in Ireland and Croke Park if possible. The Irish want that to happen.”
He added: “There are wider complications, as we know, that have affected the organization of fights over the past six years.
“But if it is possible, and there are other specialists who obviously will have a say, but I would like the Irish public to be able to see Katie fight at home.
“We’ve all followed her story over the years and she’s still at the pinnacle of success and it would be great to see her fight here.”
The Minister was speaking as Sport Ireland announced €14.2 million in funding, which puts the athlete firmly at the center of Ireland’s high performance system, and the publication of the Tokyo 2020 Review.
This is the first time that Sport Ireland has been able to announce a multi-year funding commitment to the high performance program until the end of the Paris Olympic and Paralympic cycle in 2024.
This will see an additional €19.8 million invested in National Governing Body (NGB) High Performance Programs in 2023 and 2024 and will be on top of the €9.9 million in High Performance Program funding committed in 2022 .
Minister Chambers said: “Sport Ireland has shown strong leadership in high performance sport, with today’s investment underpinned by a strong focus on strategic development.
“Our athletes provide us as a nation with so many memorable moments, it is incumbent upon us to ensure they have the best chance of success.
“With this funding, the implementation of Tokyo Games Review recommendations, the services of the Sport Ireland Institute and the facilities of the Sport Ireland Campus, Ireland is well placed as Paris 2024 approaches.”
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