June 20 Jonny Stapleton
Irish fighter Dee Taggart hopes to put a smile on his and legendary Tyrone GAA football manager, Mickey Harte’s face with victory in Wembley this weekend.
Tyson Fury finally got proof of his Irish heritage ahead of his massive fight with Derek Chisora, but the undefeated heavyweight will not be the only Irish interest on this Saturday’s ‘Big Brawl’ show.
Taggert (5-1) is the surprise inclusion and will challenge a yet to be named opponent.
The 28 year old, who weighted 17 stone five years ago before reading Wayne McCullugh’s book inspired him to get back into the fight game, was informed he would fight on the card by Harte and is overjoyed.
The John Breen and Eamon Magee trained pro, who has suffered numerous set backs in his short career, hopes to make step two of a third pro come back with a win on the Channel 5 broadcast card.
“Mickey Harte is very close to me and it was him who phoned me to tell me the news. I am going to Wembley and I’m ecstatic. I am over the moon to get this opportunity,” Taggart told www.irish-boxing.com
“I’ve been very unlucky in many ways since I turned pro. Anything that could have gone wrong did. I broke my hand, I got beaten in only my second fight and had fights cancelled three or four times at last minute. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to turn pro, for the experiences I’ve had since including this weekend’s fight.”
Other than winning this weekend the Omagh lightweight plans only to make the most important people to his career happy over the next 12 months.
Taggart is singing of the one fight at a time hymn sheet and is eager to keep battling the odds to reach the highest level he can.
“My plans for 2011 are to make John Breen and Eamon Magee happy. The icing on the cake would to put a smile on Mickey Harte‘s face with a few wins. It is a case of one day and one fight at a time for me at present. I’ve had three comebacks and I don’t have another one in me so hopefully this one lasts. I will just try and relish and enjoy fighting as much as I can.”