It was first slated for May 2, then rescheduled for June 4, but Katie Taylor [15(6)-0] versus Amanda Serrano [38(28)-1(0)-1] will now take place in August.
Eddie Hearn has confirmed a mouthwatering clash between the undisputed lightweight champion of the world and the seven weight 9 time world champ will be part of the four fight Dillian Whyte – Alexander Povetkin undercard.
The Matchroom boss has be clear that, that card will be pay per view and will be the last fight night of his proposed Fight Camp series.
A start date has yet to be confirmed for the series, which will see four consecutive fight nights play out in Matchroom headquarters and live on Sky Sports and DAZN.
Hearn is hoping to start in mid July meaning Taylor and Serrano and possibly Jason Quigley versus Jack Cullen will take place on August 8 or August 15.
“I started off thinking July 4, but then you realise that is six weeks away. I appreciate that some people are only going to need a month to get ready, but some people are going to need eight weeks. So I am looking at July 18 or 25 as our start date for the UK Fight Camp,” Hearn explained to Boxingscene.
Both Taylor and Serrano have been in training for sometime now stateside and most likely would have been ready to fight earlier.
Still Hearn is in save the best for last mode and needs the eagerly anticipated bout to help him go PPV.
Indeed, the English promoter suggests Taylor Serrano is a clash is a pay per view worthy headliner.
“There is an argument that the Amanda Serrano fight is a pay per view headliner. We know it ‘aint going to do the numbers of a Joshua Pulev, but it’s a big fight. Katie Taylor against Cecilia Braekhus, undisputed lightweight versus undisputed light welterweight in a catchweight at 140, massive fight.
“Katie Taylor against Cyborg, crossing over on the MMA.. these are all mega mega fights.”
Serrano is definitely the biggest test to the London 2012 Olympic gold medal winners status as the best female fighter out there at present.
The Brooklyn based Puerto Rican is noted as one of the biggest punchers in the game, has plenty of experience, certainly doesn’t lack belief and that is something bookmakers seem to have picked up on.
Taylor opened as a favorite of 1/12 or shorter in all of her fights from Novermber 2016 until now. Oddsmakers see her matchup with Amanda Serrano as, by far, her toughest test to date.
She opened around 4/9 at most sites listed on MyTopSportsbooks, and can still be found slightly longer than that (1/2 range) at certain sites. Serrano’s odds of 8/5 give her between a 35-40% chance of winning, which is more than twice as high as any of Taylor’s previous opponents