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‘Everyone should honour their word’ – Team McCaskill annoyed by Katie Taylor vs Cyborg talk

Forget Cris Cyborg, Katie Taylor [16(6)-0] versus Jessica McCaskill [9(3)-2(0)] is the fight to make according to Rick Ramos.

In fact it’s the fight that was promised and as a result should be happening stresses the manager and coach of the American.

Ramos claims his team were led to believe they had entered into a four way tournament alongside Taylor, Amanda Serrano, Cecilia Braekhus, with the winner of the proposed Taylor and Serrano clash fighting the winner of Braekhus versus McCaskill.

An undisputed lightweight clash between Serrano and Taylor didn’t materialize, but the Irish sensation did defeat Delfine Persoon in and around the same time ‘Caskilla’ defeated ‘The First Lady’.

Ramos expected the Taylor fight to follow and still believes that should be the case.

“Jessica and I were told this 4 women fight series was a tournament,” Ramos told Irish-boxing.com.

“Matchroom (our co-promoter) and Eddie Hearn publicly said the winners of Braekhus/McCaskill and Taylor/Serrano would fight – And now I haven’t heard much about a rematch.

“I don’t think anyone involved thought Jessica would win, which is fine, but I think everyone should honour their word and focus their full attention on making that fight.”

The return is still a fancied option and considering McCaskill’s achievements since their December 2017 meeting – the 36-year-old Chicago native has gone on to become a two weight world champion and most recently defeated pound for pound star Braekhus to become undisputed welterweight champion – have put her in the ‘mega fight’ bracket.

However, the fact Norway’s ‘First Lady’ has evoked her rematch right and Taylor is scheduled to face her WBA mandatory Miriam Gutierrez on November 14 means it won’t happen anytime pre next spring.

Ramos suggests Braekhus should have allowed the undisputed lightweight champion and undisputed welterweight title holder to fight and if then challenge the winner.

“I honestly think, from a business stand point, that Cecilia should have waited for a rematch, let Katie and Jessica fight and then try to lock in the winner.

“But now Cecilia invokes her rematch clause – I think if she loses, she’s done. I don’t think her name would be as marketable anymore. She should have waited … Jessica will knock her out in the rematch.”

Massive MMA name Cris Cyborg could prove another possible stumbling to block to the fight happening anytime soon.

Trailblazer Taylor’s team have held talks with regard to a crossover fight with the former UFC and current Bellator world champ.

Ramos, who is also keen to make a fight between American prospect Summer Lynn and Katelynn Phelan, admits such talk annoys him.

“Katie is taking a tune up fight and is now seeking a fight with some MMA chick who doesn’t matter,” he adds.

“It annoys me actually. I don’t think that is the fight to make. I think Taylor/McCaskill could be a bigger fight. I also think Amanda Nunes is the real threat if she came to boxing – not Cyborg.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sports for a living for over 20 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com