Lou DiBella doesn’t envision putting the Amanda Serrano-Katie Taylor fight back together anytime soon, but he hasn’t given up entirely on one of women’s boxing’s biggest bouts.
Serrano and Taylor were supposed to fight for Taylor’s four lightweight titles August 22, but Serrano declined to take the bout on its rescheduled date. DiBella, who promotes Serrano, thinks there are such hard feelings from their fight falling apart that he doesn’t expect to revisit it with Eddie Hearn, Taylor’s promoter, before Taylor pursues other options.
If Taylor defeats Delfine Persoon in their rematch August 22, Serrano at least must wait for the 2012 Olympic gold medalist to face the winner between Cecilia Braekhus and Jessica McCaskill in her subsequent bout.
“Probably not later this year, early next year, knowing Katie’s management as well as I do and knowing Eddie as well as I do,” DiBella told Chris Mannix on a recent Sports Illustrated boxing podcast regarding revisiting Taylor-Serrano. “Also, seeing the move toward Persoon, and then the investment Eddie’s making in Cecilia, who’s fighting Jessica, who’s a smaller girl, like more of a 40-pounder than a 47-pounder.
“I have a feeling that they’re probably aiming toward a Cecilia fight, or the winner of Cecilia and McCaskill against Katie. And also, there was just a lot of bad blood. You know, do I think the fight’s revivable? Of course, it’s revivable. There aren’t a lot of huge money fights in women’s boxing, you know, even on the horizon. And that’s still one of them. So, is it revivable? Yeah. I doubt that it’s revivable in the next 18 months or so.”
Brooklyn’s Serrano (38-1-1, 28 KOs) was wary of traveling from the United States to England to battle Taylor, who also trains in the U.S. The seven-division champion also didn’t think she could train properly in her native New York for a fight of that magnitude during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hearn initially asked Serrano to take a pay cut for their rescheduled clash. Serrano refused and Hearn committed to paying her what was agreed upon when she was supposed to challenge Taylor on May 2 in Manchester, England.
Taylor-Serrano was temporarily postponed to July 4 due to the coronavirus crisis, and then to August 22.
Ireland’s Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) instead will oppose Persoon on August 22 in Brentwood, England. Taylor beat Belgium’s Persoon (44-2, 18 KOs) by majority decision in a highly competitive, entertaining lightweight title unification fight 14 months ago at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The Taylor-Persoon rematch will be part of the Dillian Whyte-Alexander Povetkin undercard on the grounds of Matchroom Boxing’s headquarters (Sky Sports Box Office). They’ll fight for Taylor’s IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO 135-pound championships.
Norway’s Braekhus (36-0, 9 KOs) will attempt to make the 26th consecutive defenses of her WBA and WBC welterweight titles when she faces Chicago’s McCaskill (8-2, 3 KOs) on August 15 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The Braekhus-McCaskill match will headline DAZN’s stream a week from Saturday night.
Serrano doesn’t have a fight scheduled.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.