Eddie Hearn has regained confidence in his ability to put together perhaps the most intriguing fight in women’s boxing.
The British promoter informed Chris Mannix during the newest episode of his boxing podcast on The Volume that he has had recent discussions with Amanda Serrano’s handlers about finally scheduling her long-awaited showdown with Katie Taylor. Serrano recently signed with Jake Paul’s company, Most Valuable Promotions, which could lead to Taylor-Serrano taking place at some point in April at Madison Square Garden, according to Hearn.
“Good chats with Nakisa [Bidarian] and Jake Paul and those guys at Most Valuable [Promotions],” Hearn told Mannix. “They appear to wanna make that fight – so do we. We’ve already spoken to The Garden about doing that fight in April. DAZN approve of that fight in abundance. I think we can do it.”
The 33-year-old Serrano (41-1-1, 30 KOs), a seven-division champion from Brooklyn, and the 35-year-old Taylor (19-0, 6 KOs), women’s boxing’s undisputed lightweight champion, were supposed to fight on multiple occasions after the COVID-19 pandemic began in March 2020. Serrano eventually walked away from their bout because she and her manager/trainer, Jordan Maldonado, felt it was worth more money than she was offered to fight Ireland’s Taylor without fans in attendance at Matchroom Boxing’s headquarters in Brentwood, England.
Now that fans can attend sporting events in the United States and the United Kingdom, Hearn, whose company promotes Taylor, wants to bring Taylor-Serrano to “The Mecca of Boxing.” While certain their showdown would sell out Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater, which can accommodate approximately 5,200 fans for boxing, Hearn wants to test the match’s marketability in Madison Square Garden’s main arena, just about big enough for four times as many fans as Hulu Theater.
“It’s aggressive to go in the big room,” Hearn said. “But why go in the small room? I mean, one thing’s for sure – that small room sells out real fast for that fight, right? So, if we wanna make a statement for women’s boxing, you’ve got the powerhouse of Matchroom, you’ve got the powerhouse of Jake Paul, you’ve got the powerhouse of two of the great female pound-for-pound fighters of all time. Let’s roll the dice.
“You know, because if we wanna put women’s boxing at the forefront, and we wanna make a statement, you don’t make a statement by going in a small hall. You make a statement going in the big hall. And if it catches fire, if people understand it, if people buy into the hype, which doesn’t even need to be there, I think it can capture the imagination [of the public]. And I think it can fill it up.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.