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must-make fight Promoter Eddie Hearn wants Katie Taylor to headline Madison Square Garden next year

'That's the biggest fight in women's boxing by a country mile'


Katie Taylor after her bout with Christina Linardatou back in November 2019.

Katie Taylor after her bout with Christina Linardatou back in November 2019.

Katie Taylor after her bout with Christina Linardatou back in November 2019.

Top boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said he wants Ireland’s Katie Taylor to take on Puerto Rican puncher Amanda Serrano in a Madison Square Garden headline fight next year. 

Speaking ahead of Taylor’s big Leeds battle tomorrow against American Jennifer Han at the home of rugby league side Leeds Rhinos, Heard said the Amanda Serrano fight is a must-make fight.

“That's the biggest fight in women's boxing by a country mile,” he said. ““That's a fight that could headline Madison Square Garden - but we've got to get it over the f***ing line. And it's so difficult to do.”

Taylor, the undisputed women's lightweight champion, will be defending her titles when she gets into the ring with Han this weekend on the undercard of Josh Warrington's featherweight clash with Mauricio Lara.

Han will make for Taylor’s eighth fight since one night in October 2018 when Hearn had a conversation with the Bray fighter about her future.

“I said to her after she fought Cindy Serrano in Philadelphia, ‘how many more fights have you got? Five or six?’

“She looked at me like she was going to kill me. She goes, ‘What do you mean?’ I genuinely had to pretend I was joking.

“If you said to her now, ‘You’ve got another five fights’, she really wouldn’t believe what you’re saying,” Hearn added. “She’d go, ‘What are you talking about?’

“I think people look at Katie and think, ‘At some point, she’s going to age.’ And maybe it’s Jennifer Han who’s going, ‘Look, I know I’m an underdog, but maybe one night she’s just not going to be the same fighter.’

Before she can take on Serrano in a mega money Madison Square Garden fight, Taylor must first defeat Han before a December date with another mandatory possible or another mega-fight with undisputed and two-weight world champion Jessia McCaskill.

Hearn added: “It could be McCaskill, we’ve got about three mandatories. I also like the Estelle Mossely fight – the gold medalist from Rio, I’ve reached out to her as well.”

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The 32-year-old Serrano had appeared set to fight Taylor in Manchester in May of last year before the pandemic intervened. Plans to re-fix the bout for Fight Camp then collapsed and Taylor instead rematched Delfine Persoon.

Hearn, who, rumour suggests, previously offered her in the region of £350,000 to fight one of Ireland’s greatest sports stars, admits the American’s worth has increased.

“And to be fair to Amanda Serrano, her value has increased significantly since we first negotiated that fight," he said.

“It’s a bit like when we were talking about doing AJ (Anthony Joshua) against Tyson Fury initially.

“This is a fight that, in my opinion, was a 70/30 split.

“But Fury goes over, beats Deontay Wilder, really, in the first fight, knocks him out in the second fight, so we turn around and go, ‘Fair enough – it’s 50/50!’

“And I don’t think we’re there yet with Serrano but we were at a point where it was an 80/20, 70/30 split and the gap is now closing because of what Serrano has achieved.

"You have to give her the credit for that,” he added before suggesting Taylor will be fight rather than purse orientated.

“It’s not like Katie is going, ‘I want 70 per cent!’ Or, ‘She’s not worth that!’ Katie don’t work that way. But I still want to be sure that she gets a record payday for that fight.

“She’s just the easiest fighter to represent. She’ll go back to Bray, she’ll have a couple of weeks and then she’ll go back to America and she’ll just be saying, ‘When’s my next fight? December?’

“I see her having one more after this, if she wins, and then we must make Serrano, March or April.”

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