Jake Paul has once again called for Katie Taylor to make any rematch with Amanda Serrano at a lower weight.
The Youtuber turned fighter turned fight maker previously said he would give the undisputed lightweight world champion a career-high purse if she cut down for the repeat.
Paul, who disputed the result of the pair’s historic and record-breaking Madison Square Garden clash, put $2 million on the table if the Irish sporting legend was to drop down two weight classes and fight the seven-weight world champion.
Both Taylor and Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn laughed off the last suggestion, going as far as to label them ‘idiotic’ and ‘nonsense’.
However, the American hasn’t given up on the idea of making the Irish Icon come in at a lighter weight for any repeat.
Speaking ahead of Serrano’s UK debut this weekend – she faces Sarah Mahfoud for the WBC, WBO and IBF featherweight titles on the same Manchester card as Anthony Cacace fights Michael Magnesi on – the Most Valuable Promotions front man said any rematch should happen at a catchweight.
Paul argues it’s unfair to ask the New York based Puerto Rican to go up to Taylor’s weight class again and wants the fight to be made at 130lbs, 5lbs short of the lightweight limit.
The social media star also claims a catchweight fight would settle the Greatest Woman Fighter of All time debate, although most argue only Taylor and middleweight Clarresa Shield’s are the only two in the running for that title.
“She made the decision to go up and fight Katie Taylor at 135, when she was only weighing like 132 pounds, 133 pounds the day of the fight, meanwhile Katie is blowing up to like 150. This is her natural weight [featherweight], this is where she’s the most deadly,” he told Queensbury Promotions.
“That’s where I think it should [the rematch] happen, or at a catchweight of like 130. All Katie would have to do is cut like five pounds, it takes like six hours, and that would really settle who the greatest woman of all-time is. Katie Taylor is the greatest at 135, Amanda Serrano is the greatest at 126, so if they meet in the middle, there would be no debate there.”
Taylor has fought the majority of her career at 135lbs, going up to 140lbs once to become a two-weight world champion. The Olympic gold medal winner, who returns on top of the Wembley Arena card on October 29, might be able to cut five pounds but previously argued as champion she doesn’t need to make concessions and as the victor of the first fight, any rematch should happen on her terms.
“I don’t think I’ve heard of that in boxing, where the champion actually wins and the opponent says ‘we only want a rematch at a lower weight division. It is real nonsense to be quite honest. I don’t know if he is playing games or if it’s naivety from him, but obviously, any rematch is going to be at 135 pounds. I’m the champion and if they want to run the fight back that’s the weight division it’s going to be at.”