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Plot twist – DiBella reveals Serrano turned down Taylor fight before money had been discussed

Lou DiBella claims Team Amanda Serrano turned down the chance to fight Katie Taylor [15(6)-0] this coming August before the financials were discussed.

On Friday night Serrano [38(28)-1(0)-1] revealed that the proposed Matchroom head quarters hosted clash was off.

Her coach and manager Jordan Maldonado backed up the claims, stating that the purse was 50% less than the one agreed on three previous occasions.

However, the seven weight world champion’s promoter Lou DiBella refutes purse can be an excuse.

The New York based fight maker, who co promotes Joe Ward and previously worked with Andy Lee and Matthew Macklin, told Sports Illustrated that Team Serrano pulled out of the fight before the financials were terms were raised.

It’s not the first time the fight has been in jeopardy. Serrano has chased and ran away from the fight on different stages over the last two years.

Such is the magnitude of the fight, a clash being billed as the ‘biggest female fight of all time’, it has to happen.

Serrano and her team may be looking to push it back until boxing is allowed host crowds again, to maximize revenue and get rid of a Covid tax.

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