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Taylor set to bid for World title this year, says Hearn

By Ciaran Gallagher

Eddie Hearn believes Katie Taylor will be ready for a November World title shot in Dublin even though the former Olympic champion looks likely to revert back to a six-round bout for her next fight.

Taylor claimed her fourth win as a pro last weekend, comprehensively outpointing Bulgarian former World title challenger Milena Koleva.

That was the Bray woman's first eight-round contest, with her three previous paid bouts having been scheduled for six rounds - although only one went the distance.

Taylor is due back in the ring next month on the undercard of the World heavyweight title clash between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley.

However, with that big pay-per-view TV fight likely to have a stacked bill, Matchroom promoter Hearn admitted that Taylor is unlikely to box more than six rounds on April 29.

"It was important to get eight rounds under the belt," said Hearn. "Wembley will probably be a six-rounder just because of time constraints."

Hearn is lining up a US summer date for Taylor if she comes through in London and the 30-year-old is then expected to take a few weeks off before possibly boxing in Europe. And Hearn then hopes to book a Dublin homecoming to challenge for a World title in November.

"Ireland is realistic for her first World title (fight), but I think she needs to have a fight in America after Wembley," said Hearn.

"So three fights, tops, before she fights for a World title."

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