Eddie Hearn believes the only way a rematch between his charge Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano is to place it in a venue that can draw the largest possible crowd.
Hearn, the head of Matchroom Boxing, contended recently that a return bout between two of the most recognizable figures in women’s boxing would not be happening as expected. Ireland’s Taylor successfully defended her four lightweight belts against the Puerto Rican born, Brooklyn, New York-based Serrano in April, in what was an entertaining back-and-forth affair. Taylor won narrowly on points, but public sentiment suggested Serrano had a strong case to be deemed the winner of the bout.
Immediately after the fight, Hearn suggested a rematch at Croke Park, an 80,000-seat venue in Dublin, Ireland, Taylor’s homeland and where she has not fought as a professional.
But Hearn claimed recently that Serrano and her team – which includes Jake Paul and Nakisa Bidarian of Most Valuable Promotions – are not interested in a rematch, presumably, according to Hearn, because they did not want to travel to Ireland, where Serrano would obviously not have the crowd on her side.
In a recent interview, Hearn claimed that the only way to do the rematch would be to ensure the “biggest gate possible,” hinting that Serrano would have to be willing to fly to Ireland to make the kind of money she supposedly wants to make. Hearn seemed to suggest that Serrano has or will expect to earn more than her payday from the first fight; both Serrano and Taylor reportedly earned in excess of $1 million.
“We can’t generate the kind of money for Amanda Serrano without drawing the biggest gate possible,” Hearn said on The DAZN Boxing Show. “So, if we’re going to pay Amanda Serrano significantly more than the first fight where she just lost and she’s challenging again for the titles – we think that’s a pretty fair spot to be in.”
Hearn also suggested that Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) did not have as much leverage as might be perceived, his point being that Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) was the money driver. By way of analogy, Hearn brought up the upcoming heavyweight title rematch between his charge, the British box office star Anthony Joshua and WBO, WBA, and IBF champion Oleksandr Usyk. That lucrative fight is expected to take place in August in Saudi Arabia.
“When you talk about A side and B side, in Usyk and Johsua, we know that there is a challenger and a champion, but they will not be receiving these kinds of site fees if Anthony Joshua was not involved,” Hearn said.
Hearn added that he believes Serrano’s reluctance to go to Ireland evinces serious doubt about her confidence in winning the rematch. Serrano appeared to have Taylor in serious trouble in the middle rounds of their bout.
“Mostly when people don’t go (abroad for a fight), they don’t think they can win,” Hearn said.