Conor McGregor lends beer to major women’s boxing bout
Forged Irish Stout, owned by MMA champion Conor McGregor, is the official beer sponsor of the history-making Katie Taylor Vs Chantelle Cameron fight, which takes place in Dublin this weekend.
Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has announced that Matchroom Boxing has agreed a sponsorship deal with Conor McGregor’s Forged Irish Stout for Katie Taylor’s eagerly anticipated homecoming clash with Chantelle Cameron at the 3Arena in Dublin this Saturday 20 May.
Taylor will be fighting in her native Ireland for the first time in her professional boxing career, despite having held all four – WBA, IBF, WBC, WBO – major lightweight titles. The athlete, who is widely attributed for putting women’s boxing on the map, currently lives and trains in Connecticut, US.
Fellow countryman McGregor backed Katie’s return to the Irish ring, honouring her on Twitter with the words: “You are a credit to the nation of Ireland and the sport of boxing is indebted to you forever! Let’s go @KatieTaylor! With you all the way!”
He continued: “Irish Forged Stout is ready to take over fight week!”.
The brand logo will be front and centre of the arena, which has an 8,000 capacity.
Billed as “a smooth roasted stout”, Irish Forged Stout is brewed in Dublin and is currently only available at The Black Forge Inn, though is expected to roll out across Asda stores in mid-summer 2023.
“I’m delighted to welcome Conor McGregor and his Forged Irish Stout to this iconic Irish event on Saturday,” said Hearn.
“When I met Conor in Dublin he was so passionate about bringing Katie home and also about the quality of the Forged Irish Stout product. Having tasted a pint on the premises I can see why, and myself and the team look forward to visiting The Black Forged Inn ahead of a huge night for Irish sport.”
Katie Taylor, who has been with Matchroom for her entire professional career, currently holds the title of Undisputed World Lightweight Champion.
Cameron is Undisputed World Super-Lightweight Champion.
Taylor looks to unify her belts and become Undisputed World Champion across two weight divisions on Saturday.
Security around the fight has been escalated to the highest level with organisers admitting that “Dublin is a lovely city but there is a very real threat” particularly with the “politics that go around boxing.”
Matchroom is said to be flying a number of protection officers in from all over the UK and have hired ex military and other security personnel in Ireland to ensure proceedings go to plan.
McGregor offered to foot the bill for the extra security himself, tweeting on 3 February 2023: “The extra security bill is 500k to have Katie Taylor fight at croke park? I will sponsor the event to see this happen.”
According to Hearn, McGregor, who has stepped up by providing beer for the event, is “a man of his word”.