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Katie Taylor tipped for quickfire world glory

By Bernard O'Neill

Katie Taylor will be aiming to emulate Cuba's Guillermo 'The Jackal' Rigondeaux and win a World pro title in under 10 fights, according to Brian Peters.

Taylor - gold medal winner at London 2012 before suffering a surprise defeat at this summer's Rio Olympics - confirmed yesterday that she has turned professional and will be promoted by Eddie Hearn's Matchroom.

Meath businessman Peters, the former manager of Bernard Dunne, will be Taylor's worldwide manager. Rigondeaux, who sparred Taylor in Limerick a few years ago, won a WBA title in 2010, seven fights after switching codes.

Taylor is due to make her debut at London's Wembley Arena on November 26.

"We have a great team which is going to be something else. People need to buckle themselves up and strap themselves in because this team is going places," said Peters.

"We won't be doing the traditional four or five-year apprenticeship with Katie, she's far too accomplished for that.

"She'll be moving at a different pace altogether to what people are used to seeing. All going well, she'll be challenging for a world title within a year.

"He was a fantastic Olympic champion and Katie was a fantastic Olympic champion. Katie will be following in the same steps.

"Katie is excitement personified and is entertaining.

"She'll engage a new generation to watch boxing, from kids to grannies, males and females.

"There's not many athletes in Ireland that have what Katie Taylor has."

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