Kellie Harrington would relish Taylor homecoming opportunity

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Neil Loughran

KELLIE Harrington admits she would jump at the chance to box on Katie Taylor’s Dublin homecoming card on May 20.

The reigning Olympic champion is currently in training for June’s European Games in Poland, where she aims to secure qualification for Paris 2024.

However, the 33-year-old is open to the idea of boxing in an amateur exhibition bout on the undercard of Taylor’s world title showdown with Chantelle Cameron at the 3Arena – with the precedent set by the Bray woman back in 2009.

Taylor - 22 at the time - faced Caroline Barry in one of the featured bouts ahead of Bernard Dunne’s unforgettable victory over Panama’s Ricardo Cordoba at The Point, and proud Dubliner Harrington would relish the opportunity to follow suit.

“I remember it very well,” she said of Taylor’s spot on the Dunne undercard 14 years ago.

“Yeah, I never thought of that, but definitely. If I was asked I’d bite the hand off someone to fight down the road from my gaff, absolutely.

“As an amateur though, never as a pro. Always as an amateur.”

Taylor has the opportunity to become a two-weight undisputed champion on May 20 as she moves up in weight to face Cameron, who is the undisputed light welterweight title holder.

“One thing that has marked my career is that I have taken the toughest fights and the hardest fights,” said Taylor at last week's press conference in Dublin's Mansion House.

“I love these sorts of challenges and I want to challenge myself against the best out there. I have the chance to become a two-weight undisputed champion - this is a history-making fight for me and this is a fight that really motivates me as well.”