Hearn positive on talks with Croke Park for Taylor-Cameron trilogy

Eddie Hearn has indicated that talks are ongoing and progressing well with the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) regarding the possibility of Katie Taylor fighting at Croke Park Stadium.

"We've been in conversations with Croke Park," Hearn told the MMA Hour podcast this week. "They are moving in the right direction. I think that's a good thing to say without getting too excited."

The Dublin stadium, which hosts predominantly Gaelic Football and Hurling matches, can hold 82,300 spectators and is the fourth-largest sports stadium in Europe. 

Following Taylor’s (23-1, 6) successful over Chantelle Cameron (18-1, 8KOs) in their rematch that took place in Dublin in November, Matchroom boss Hearn expressed his desire to bring boxing to the stadium due to its capacity as the only venue capable of fulfilling ticket sale demand to see Taylor fight in her own country. 

The GAA has previously held a notorious reputation for upholding Gaelic sporting values, blocking requests from rugby and football authorities in the Republic enquiring about the stadium hosting sporting fixtures. However, this rule was relaxed in 2006 due to the redevelopment of Lansdowne Road Stadium (Aviva Stadium) after a vote in favour by the Dublin GAA committee.

The likely opponent for Taylor remains former undisputed super-lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron, who lost her undisputed crown to Taylor in November following the pair's thrilling encounter in May in which Cameron handed Taylor the first defeat of her career over ten rounds to claim a majority decision. 

"We are going to speak to Chantelle Cameron's team," Hearn told the MMA Hour.

"Obviously, Amanda Serrano fights March 2nd on DAZN. Chantelle Cameron, it is the fight Katie would like. It is the fight fans would like. 1-1 (A victory apiece). Two tremendous fights, so we will see if we can get it made. I think it is the right fight for both [Taylor and Cameron].

"We have still got a deal to be done but we will be doing everything we can to see if we can make Taylor/Cameron at Croke Park," Hearn finished.