Miriam Gutierrez [13(7)-0] will have to be dealt with first, but Katie Taylor [16(6)-0] has afforded herself a glance into the future.
After a disrupted 2020, that saw ‘the biggest fight in women’s boxing’ with a Amanda Serrano frustratingly fall through on more than one occasion – and ‘the meeting of undisputed legends’ ruined by Jessica McCaskill defeating ‘First Lady’ Cecilia Braekhus, Taylor goes into 2021 with a new ‘mega fight’ list.
New York based Puerto Rican, Serrano remains an option and having all but developed into a ‘bad blood’ fight is one that would draw attention.
However, you get the impression Eddie Hearn isn’t too keen to re open talks with Team Serrano post a number of pull outs.
“I am afraid to mention Amanda Serrano’s name because that fight fell through so many times but it’s obviously still a fight people would be interested in,” Taylor said of that fight.
Former foe McCaskill has put herself back in the picture having used the platform granted to her by the first Taylor meeting to go on and become a two weight world champion. Indeed, the Chicago fighter defeated long reigning pound for pound star Braekhus last time out.
Chantelle Cameron has also gone on to win a world title and continues to scream for the clash. In fact the English fighter may have started to get under the skin of Irish Icon. Both are Matchroom affiliated and an Irish English clash is easy to make.
“Jessica McCaskill is obviously a huge fight as well. There’s so many girls really,” adds Taylor.
“Obviously Chantelle Cameron has been mentioned as well.
“I’m willing to go up in the weights as well, and there’s obviously a few great names in the super-featherweight division as well. There’s definitely no shortage of big fights out there which is fantastic,” she adds before revealing she is focused on tonight’s mission and there has been no concrete talk of whats next.
“But I’m willing to step into the ring with anyone really. I’m not sure what’s next – right now I’m just focusing on Saturday night.”
Another to return to the frame over the last 12 months is Natasha Jonas.
Jonas and Taylor have Olympic previous. A rematch of their record breaking and highly entertaining fight looked on the cards when the Liverpool native joined the Bray fighter on Matchroom’s books.
A surprise stoppage defeat to Viviane Obenauf quietened any talk of the pair trading leather, but Jonas’s performance against Teri Harper has reignited interest in the fight again.
“I think that would be a fantastic fight,” says Taylor.
“I think Tasha showed in her last fight that she’s still capable of producing great performances.”
“She’s at that level, so it’s a fight that people would be very, very interested in. So if that’s a fight that people want to see, I’m very, very happy to take that fight and I am sure, so is she as well.
“That is a huge fight, especially over here in the UK. It’s a mega, mega fight really. Yeah, I’d be very, very interested in that.”