Persoon or Serrano? Taylor faces wait to learn Fight Camp foe.

Katie Taylor [15(6)-0] will defend her four lightweight world titles on a massive Matchroom show come August 22nd, but against whom remains to be seen.

Eddie Hearn today confirmed the dates and line up of the Fight Camp series live on Sky Sports news and there was good news for James Tennyson, Eric Donovan and Taylor.

However, whilst Tennyson and Donovan know their opponents, Gavin Gywnne and Zelfa Barrett respectively, the Olympic gold medal winner’s summer foe has yet to be confirmed.

Amanda Serrano [38(28)-1(0)-1] was in pole to challenge the undisputed lightweight Queen.

The nine time, seven-weight world title winner had agreed to fight the two-weight world champ for May 2nd.

Indeed, she signed to fight on the rescheduled July 4 date before that clash also axed by the pandemic.

As a result most were confident one of the most eagerly anticipated clashes of 2020 looked bound for August 22 and Matchroom Headquarters.

However, the Puerto Rican who has played an elaborate game of hokey cokey with regard to the ‘greatest female fight of all time’ was out again over the weekend.

Team Serrano released a statement stating they were not going to travel to London because the purse wasn’t up to scratch.

Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn assured the New York based big punching star would receive the same amount [rumoured to be $290,000], as initially offered and agreed, to fight and promised fight fans it was on.

Yet while a Taylor world title fight was confirmed for the undercard of Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin’s pay per view fight, an opponent is still forthcoming.

Interestingly enough Taylor’s old rival Delfine Persoon [44(18)-2(1)] has offered to step in, which would be a more than welcome replacement.

The pair battled it out in a sensational and controversial clash on June 1 last year and the rematch has always been something both fighters want.

Persoon wants revenge and Taylor wants to silence the doubters who had her losing the undisputed war.

With the Belgian holding Olympic 2021 ambitions, this summer may be the last window for the pair to renew acquaintances.

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 sport for a living for 19 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: [email protected]