LAS VEGAS – The only option Eddie Hearn expects to seriously consider for Katie Taylor’s next fight, short of a lucrative crossover fight against MMA stars Cris Cyborg or Holly Holm, is an immediate rematch with Amanda Serrano.
Their closely contested classic last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden obviously warrants them fighting again for Taylor’s IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO women’s lightweight titles. Hearn hopes that happens, perhaps as soon as sometime in September at iconic Croke Park Stadium in Dublin, but Taylor’s promoter pointed out that it’ll come down to satisfying everyone involved financially.
Both boxers made seven-figure purses, a first for women’s boxing. Ireland’s Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) and Brooklyn’s Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) will want more money for their rematch after engaging in a back-and-forth slugfest Taylor won by split decision (97-93, 96-93, 94-96).
“I think that’s definitely the biggest fight out there for Katie still,” Hearn told a small group of reporters at MGM Grand. “I mean, I think now, with Katie, the only other things you can talk about is, you know, the crossover fights. You’re talking about Holly Holm, Cyborg, these kind of fights. But in boxing, the Serrano rematch is still by far the biggest fight out there for her. So, I think that, you know, she needs to – everybody needs to be, I don’t wanna say be sensible, because that sounds like they should take whatever money they’re offered. But at the end of the day, we know what margins were made from the first fight, and in order to improve the offer for both girls, the revenue must improve on the fight, which it should, it might.
“But we have to have those conversations, re: the gate, re: DAZN. And if the revenue can increase, so, too, can the purses around the fight. Amanda lost. Normally, if you lost you take less money for the rematch. But her value went up incredibly in the fight. So, maybe she gets more money. Katie Taylor will definitely get more money. She won the fight. But where’s the money come from? If we can find it, if it’s there, we’ll give it to ‘em.”
Taylor, 35, and Serrano, 33, would be well served by taking some time off after such a brutal battle. If their second showdown were to take place outdoors in Ireland, however, Hearn stated that they couldn’t wait too long before coming to an agreement for an immediate rematch because the weather wouldn’t be conducive to an outdoor event in Taylor’s home country after September.
“I think it should be next,” Hearn said. “I mean, we’re talking about Croke Park, for example, in Ireland. … It could be in October. I mean, outdoors in October is a non-starter. So, really, if you’re going outdoors in Croke Park, you need to be by middle September, really. And that’s not a long period of time. I mean, luckily Katie had her scans. I thought she might’ve broken her jaw, but she didn’t. She got the, ‘All clear.’
“But still, if you’re gonna fight mid-September, you’ve got a month off. It’s not a huge period of time. We’ve had some approaches from the Middle East to do that fight as well, which would be quite iconic and financially very lucrative for them. And MSG also said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t do the rematch anywhere else but here.’ So, they’re in a great position.”
Hearn plans to start seriously discussing the possibility of an immediate rematch between Taylor and Serrano with Nakisa Bidarian, Serrano’s promotional representative, once his company, Matchroom Boxing, completes the Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol promotion Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena.
“I do think we should all try and make the rematch, somehow,” Hearn said. “Such a good fight, and the next one would be as good, honestly. There’d be no change in the next fight. It would be exactly the same.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.
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