"She is fantastic to watch" - Tony Bellew is a big fan of Katie Taylor 4 months ago

"She is fantastic to watch" - Tony Bellew is a big fan of Katie Taylor

"I think the homecoming in Dublin is on for 2018."

Eddie Hearn told Katie Taylor to look after Wednesday's fight with Jessica McCaskill and he'd deliver a fight on home soil for the Bray native next year.

Katie Taylor held up her end of the bargain, now it's up to Hearn to come good on his promise of getting her a fight in Ireland in March or April.

It was a tough battle she had t0 come through to end 2017 on a high though. Eight professional wins have kickstarted her career as a pro in ridiculous fashion and now she already has a belt and a title defence notched up.

Next on the horizon is the unification of the division but Katie Taylor also wants a homecoming and all that is a reality now because she stood up to the serious questions asked of her on Wednesday night.

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Tony Bellew was in attendance to cast his eye over the fights for Sky Sports but it was Taylor who came to his attention again during the main event.

The Scouse knows a thing or two about digging deep and coming through difficult times and he was impressed with the fortitude displayed the pride of Ireland, another trait to go hand in hand with the skill and athleticism.

"She is fantastic to watch," Bellew said after a breathless fight of Taylor who dominated a 20-minute bout despite taking some big shots.

"That was very hard physically. That girl made it rough and messy.

"Katie hasn't experienced that before as you don't get that in the amateurs but she found a way to get there in the end."

All that's left is for Eddie Hearn to find a way to get her to Dublin for a fight that would sell out wherever it is.