LAS VEGAS – The only option Eddie Hearn hopes to seriously consider for the next Katie Taylor fight, short of a lucrative crossover fight against MMA stars Cris Cyborg or Holly Holm, is an immediate rematch with Amanda Serrano.
Their classic last Saturday night at Madison Square Garden obviously justifies them fighting again for Taylor’s IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO women’s lightweight titles. Hearn hopes that will happen, perhaps sometime in September at Dublin’s iconic Croke Park Stadium, but Taylor’s promoter has pointed out that it will all come down to financially satisfying everyone involved.
Both boxers made seven-figure purses, a first for women’s boxing. Ireland’s Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) and Brooklyn’s Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) will want more money for their rematch after taking part in a back-and-forth fight that Taylor won via split decision (97- 93, 96-93, 94-96).
“I think it’s definitely the biggest fight that’s still out there for Katie,” Hearn told a small group of reporters at the MGM Grand. “I mean, I think now, with Katie, the only other things you can talk about are, you know, the crossover fights. You’re talking about Holly Holm, Cyborg, these kinds of fights. But in boxing, the Serrano rematch remains by far the most important fight for her. So, I think that, you know, she needs to, everyone should be, I don’t want to say sensible, because it seems like they should take any money that’s offered to them. But at the end of the day, we know what margins were made from the first fight, and to improve the offer for both girls, the revenue needs to improve on the fight, which should, could happen.
“But we have to have those conversations, re: the gate, re: DAZN. And if revenues can go up, so can the purses around the fight. Amanda lost. Normally if you lose you get less money for the rematch. But her value went up unbelievably in the fight. So maybe she gets more money. Katie Taylor will definitely get more money. She won the fight. But where does the money come from? If we can find it, if it’s there, we’ll give it to them.”
Taylor, 35, and Serrano, 33, would do well to take some time off after such a brutal battle. However, if their second matchup were to take place outdoors in Ireland, Hearn stated that they could not wait too long before agreeing to an immediate rematch because the weather would not be conducive to an outdoor event in Ireland’s home country. Taylor later. September.
“I think it should be next,” Hearn said. “I mean, we’re talking about Croke Park, for example, in Ireland. … It could be in October. I mean, outdoors in October is not a good start. So really, if you’re going to go outside in Croke Park, you have to be in the middle of September, really. And that’s not a long period of time. I mean, luckily Katie had the scans of her. I thought she might have broken her jaw, but she didn’t. She got the ‘All Clear’.
“But still, if you are going to fight in the middle of September, you have a month off. It is not a great period of time. We’ve had some approaches from the Middle East to do that fight as well, which would be quite iconic and financially very lucrative for them. And MSG also said, ‘Whatever you do, don’t do the rematch anywhere other than here.’ So, they’re in a great position.”
Hearn plans to begin serious discussion of the possibility of an immediate rematch between Taylor and Serrano with Nakisa Bidarian, Serrano’s promotional representative, once his company, Matchroom Boxing, completes the Canelo Alvarez-Dmitry Bivol promotion on Saturday night on T- MobileArena.
“I think we should all try to do the rematch, somehow,” Hearn said. “What a good fight, and the next one would be just as good, honestly. There would be no changes in the next fight. It would be exactly the same.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.