A rematch between undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano should take place at a lower weight class, according to Jake Paul.
Paul, the polarizing YouTuber-turned-boxer, who manages seven-division champion Serrano, stated recently that it is only fair if a Taylor-Serrano rematch is held at 126 or 130 pounds, instead of at 135, where their first fight took place. Taylor and Serrano put on a barnburner in their undisputed lightweight title fight before a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden in April, with Taylor winning a close decision. The bout was well-received by the boxing world, with many observers calling their tussle an instant classic.
“I think [the rematch] should happen at 126,” Paul said on The DAZN Boxing Show. “Or meet in the middle at 130.”
After the first fight, both fighters expressed interest in an immediate rematch, presumably in Taylor’s hometown in Ireland, but an agreement between Serrano’s handlers and Eddie Hearn, Taylor’s promoter, could never be reached. Hearn stated that Serrano’s team were not much interested in the idea of flying overseas for the rematch.
In response, Paul said that Serrano decided not to head into an immediate rematch with Taylor because Serrano was concerned she would be at risk of losing her IBF and WBC belts at 126. Serrano was set to defend her featherweight titles against Brenda Karen Carabajal on Aug. 6 on the undercard of the Jake Paul-Hasim Rahman Jr. cruiserweight bout, but the entire card was scrapped because Rahman has issues making weight.
“The only reason why [rematch was not pursued was because] Amanda wants to keep her belts at 126 pounds,” Paul said. “She’s the unified champion there, and they said they (sanctioning bodies) were gonna strip her of her belts if she didn’t defend them right now. She’s going to defend them, keeping all her belts at 126. The money is cool and all but that doesn’t mean anything to Amanda Serrano. She wants to be the unified champ at 126.”
Paul suggested that his company, Most Valuable Promotions, would be able to put up the money to promote the rematch as lead organizer, saying he has $2 million for Taylor.
“We have money for Katie Taylor, too,” Paul said. “We have $2 million for Katie Taylor to come down to 126. Let’s see who really the pound-for-pound best is.
“I think Amanda Serrano won that fight. Everyone thinks that Amanda Serrano won that fight but Katie Taylor, hey, I know you’re watching: Why don’t you come down to 126, go against Amanda Serrano in that weight class, because she came up nine pounds to fight you, you know? She didn’t even look like she was in the same weight class that night, so come down 126 to see if you’re really the pound-for-pound best. We have $2 million for you.”