Katie Taylor has signed a professional contract with Matchroom Boxing and will make her debut in the paid ranks next month.
London 2012 gold medallist Taylor will fight for the first time under professional rules when she appears at the Wembley Arena in London on November 26th.
The 30-year-old five-time world amateur champion, who has spent half her life in the ring, will then fight on the undercard of Anthony Joshua’s IBF heavyweight title defence in Manchester on December 10.
Taylor has been linked with a move into the pro ranks since missing out on an Olympic medal in Rio this summer where she suffered a surprise defeat in the quarter-finals.
“When I first dreamt of Olympic gold, female boxing was practically unknown,” Taylor said. “Now because of my journey and the incredible supporters who came along with me, female boxing is as much part of the fabric of the Olympics as its male counterpart.
“Now I want to do the same for the professional sport and I hope those who have supported me along the way will come along with me. I’m excited for the road ahead.”
“Today marks a significant day for our sport with the news that Katie is joining the professional ranks,” said promoter Eddie Hearn.
“She is one of the most decorated amateur boxers of all time and a public icon in Ireland.
“I met Katie for the first time last week and was fascinated by her desire to not just win world titles but to break down the barriers of women’s boxing, she is an incredible role model.
“Boxing is a sport open to all but it’s also an entertainment business. Anyone who has watched Katie fight knows how exciting she is.
“I’m really excited by this challenge and we are committed to giving Katie the opportunities she needs to achieve her dreams