Earlier this week, it was announced that undisputed junior welterweight champion Katie Taylor (23-1, 6 KOs) would head to Arlington, Texas, to rematch Amanda Serrano (46-2-1, 30 KOs) as the chief support for Jake Paul’s showcase fight with former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson on July 20.

The event will be broadcast on Netflix and promoted by Paul’s MVP Promotions. The fight will also mark the first time Taylor has appeared on a bill without Matchroom Boxing being involved in some capacity.

In a recent interview with Boxing Social, Matchroom chairman Eddie Hearn admitted that the offer for Taylor to rematch Serrano was too good to turn down.

“We negotiated the whole fight because it was the right opportunity for Katie Taylor,” Hearn told Boxing Social. “It was the right offer, and I want to thank DAZN for allowing us to have that sensible conversation to say, ‘Look, let’s let her get the win here, and then we’ll be back for a big fight.’

“But at this point in her career, when we receive an offer like that – the right offer – we have to consider it. Shaun Palmer did a great job negotiating with Nakisa [Bidarian], and MVP and Brian Peters did a great job.

“It’s just honesty to say this is a good offer. We believe we can win the fight, so let’s take it. I’m not involved from a promotional point of view, but we’ll be backing [Taylor] 100 percent, and we expect to come through.”

Hearn, who has handled Taylor’s professional career since her decision to turn professional in November 2016, is already plotting the undisputed champion’s next moves. 

At the turn of 2024, it was expected that Taylor would face Chantelle Cameron in a trilogy fight following their back-to-back contests in 2023, with each fighter holding one victory over the other. Despite Matchroom’s best efforts, no deal could be agreed upon, as Cameron pointed the finger of blame firmly in the direction of Taylor and manager Peters.

Hearn added that Taylor is now targeting the biggest fights possible and has touted Alycia Baumgardner and Chantelle Cameron as future opponents.

“Financially, this was a big opportunity,” Hearn said of the Serrano rematch. “We like the fight. She wants to be in the biggest fights out there. Simple as that.”

“Once she beats Amanda Serrano, Katie Taylor is going to be back against the likes of Chantelle Cameron, Alycia Baumgardner.”