Hopes of a Katie Taylor – Amanda Serrano II taking place in Croke Park next year may have been dealt another blow this week.
It has been one step forward two steps back with regard to a mega repeat in Ireland, since their historic fight in the spring of this year.
Initially, Croke Park was provisionally booked for a September showdown but the New York based Puerto Rican preferred to put the return on ice to pursue undisputed featherweight status.
Talk then turned to a possible 2023 Dublin fight but a fallout between Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn and Serrano’s advisor, MVP front of house, Jake Paul, which sparked legal action, put another stumbling block between the Irish Icon and historic homecoming. Hearn and Matchroom are looking for $100m in damages from Paul.
That stumbling block doubled in size as boxing judge, Glenn Feldman joined the Matchroom boss in suing Social Media star turned boxer and promoter, Paul.
Paul, who promoted the greatest female fight of all time alongside Hearn, suggested Feldman received payment from Matchroom in return for favourable scoring in both the Taylor and Serrano fights in New York on April 30 and the Oleksandr Usyk vs. Anthony Joshua rematch on August 20 in Saudi Arabia.
Both the judge and the promoter have filed separate lawsuits as a result, and with the parties that would need to come together to make Taylor-Serrano II at loggerheads, a rematch seems unlikely. Common sense would suggest both defamation cases would have to be dealt with before contract negotiations could begin.
It has been argued Taylor doesn’t need Serrano to sell out Croke Park, but it’s believed Hearn would like the seven-weight world champion as sell-out insurance before he decides to return to Dublin for the first time since the ‘Mack the Knife’ card.
It also has to be noted, that Hearn has been very positive about Taylor – Serrano taking place in Croke Park in 2023 through fight week for Taylor versus Karen Elizabeth Carabajal.
Photo Credit – Ed Mulholland Matchroom