Katie Taylor goes into tonight’s headline defence of her world title fight as Ireland’s best-known sportswoman.
If she wins, and the odds are in her favour she will likely return to Dublin for a title defence in April that will have the city buzzing for boxing like rarely if ever before.
Her career winnings will burst through €1 Million wit victory tonight as well, no small matter in a Women’s sport that is still finding its feet, guided in no small part by the Bray native and her management team of Eddie Hearn and Brian Peters.
Her opponent tonight may not have received much airtime here in the build-up to the fight but her story is a great one.
Jessica McCaskill is a 34-year-old banker from St Louis, working in Chicago and who overcame homelessness and what she herself describes as ‘family madness’ in her upbringing.
She has won five of her six professional fights and was ranked in the World Top 10 before teeing up tonight’s fight by calling out Taylor on social media.
There is a brilliant backstory of her life here in the Chicago Tribune which is worth three minutes if you are getting ready to watch the fight tonight and have any more than a passing interest in sport.
McCaskill’s colleagues at RJ O’Brien Associates will gather tonight to watch their superstar reporting analyst via a link to Showtime’s coverage being broadcast in the United States on it’s YouTube and Facebook Channels.
This side of the Atlantic the fight will be broadcast on Sky Sports. There is an eight-fight card from the York Hall in London, in front of a sold out 1,500 strong crowd with Taylor expected to take to the ring after 10pm.