A rematch between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano may happen some day, but it almost certainly will not happen next.

Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing, the promoter of Taylor, squashed those hopes in a recent interview, claiming that Serrano’s side was not interested in partaking in a coveted return bout with Taylor, which became an immediate talking point after their well-received first meeting.

Ireland’s Taylor, the undisputed women’s 135-pound champion, defended her belts against Serrano in a barnburner that took place in April before a sold-out audience at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Taylor ended up winning narrowly on points. The bout had the boxing world in a tizzy, with many observers viewing it as a milestone for women’s boxing.

After the fight, Hearn floated the idea of having the rematch at Croke Park in Dublin, Ireland, Taylor’s homeland, where it might draw upwards of 80,000 spectators. According to Hearn, the Puerto Rican-born, Brooklyn-based Serrano, who is backed by Jake Paul, was not interested in flying over to Ireland. Hearn even seemed to suggest that Serrano and her team would not be swayed by financial incentives to go to Ireland.  

“They don’t want that fight, unfortunately,” Hearn told Pro Boxing Fans. “I mean we’ve spoken to Jake Paul’s team. They don’t really want to go to Ireland. They don’t really want the rematch. And it’s kind of like, regardless of the offer, we don’t want to do the rematch.”

Serrano, a seven-division titlist, tweeted last week that she would be back in the ring in August, presumably on a fight card headlined by Paul. The Youtube star-turned-boxer previously stated he would be fighting again on Aug. 13 against an undetermined opponent. Recent reports suggest that that opponent will be Tommy Fury.

Calling Team Serrano’s decision “disappointing,” Hearn nevertheless held out hope that discussions could resume at some point next year. The 35-year-old Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) and 33-year-old Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) made career paydays in the first fight, reportedly in excess of $1 million each.

“I think they want to go away and build some confidence and get a win in August and maybe we can look at it next year,” Hearn said. “It’s very disappointing, because I love that fight. I think it’s a great fight and such a close fight. But yeah, it doesn’t look like it’s a fight that Amanda Serrano wants.”