Trump, Taylor Pay-Cut, Lies – Hearn and DiBella go to war over Serrano fight

Katie Taylor dropped a grenade last night and the aftershock was felt across Twitter.

The undisputed lightweight champion issued a challenge to rival Amanda Serrano to step up to the plate on August 22nd after negotiations for their fight hit the rocks.

Not only did the the rare public rallying cry prompt a response from the seven-weight world champion, it kicked off an intriguing back-and-forth between the rivals’ promoters. 

Both Lou Di Bella and Eddie Hearn are renowned for using social media to keep fans informed, but last night they took things to a new level as the debated all the recent events surrounding the eagerly anticipated clash of champions. 

There were accusations of lies, a revelation the Irish sensation took a pay cut with ‘legacy’ in mind, some name calling, lawyer mentions, and of course reference to the pandemic. 

However, it appears DiBella was trying say his fighter had not signed to fight for August 22nd, Serrano was adamant she wasn’t going to take a pay cut and Hearn was trying to explain, that whilst he discussed the possibility of a pay cut for the Puerto Rican star with her promoter, the contract sent last week was the same financially as the one signed for May 2nd.   

The Matchroom boss also seemed to suggest that the contract allowed him to reschedule the bout. 

The verbal sparring continued well into the AM Irish time and didn’t finish too well. 

Indeed, by the time things concluded both Serrano and DiBella, who plays a part in Joe Ward’s career, seemed to suggest the fight won’t be happening in Essex on August 22nd.

-We take a look through the entire argument below: 

It all began when following Taylor’s tweet, an enraged Serrano (or whoever from her team controls her Twitter account) put across her side of the story.

Hearn was quick to counter.

This version of events appeared to be new news for Serrano who then questioned her promoter in a string of Tweets.

Hearn would then clarify that a pay-cut for Serrano had been sought but DiBella had negotiated this away as well as dismissing Serrano’s claims that the fight had been accepted on her behalf without her knowledge.

Serrano hit back, noting that her signature was for the initial fight on May 2nd at the Manchester Arena.

This prompted Hearn to provide a screenshot of a legal letter outlining Matchroom’s right to reschedule the bout.

At this point, DiBella entered the fray with a number of points.

In a since-deleted Tweet, he responded to Serrano’s question by explaining that:

“if @EddieHearn is saying I accepted the fight on your behalf, he’s lying. There is no signed written agreement for August 22 in his backyard, oral or otherwise, for Aug. 22 at the @MatchroomBoxing plantation. NEVER!!!!”

The bickering between Hearn and DiBella continued.

Serrano re-entered, claiming she had not been informed of the confirmation of her full purse and the new date – and therefore she signed up to participate in Exatlón (essentially a Hispanic version of the TV show Superstars).

With talk of pay-cuts abound, Hearn then sensationally revealed that the deduction he wanted Serrano to take has since been taken by Taylor to enable the fight.

Responding to DiBella’s now-deleted tweet, Serrano praised her promoter (sort of) but Hearn was quick to clarify.

In his final and most worrying tweets on the issue, DiBella noted the ongoing issue of the global pandemic, the difficulty Serrano (and Taylor) have in preparation, and the risk that the Fight Camp series could be cancelled.

Serrano also returned to social media to make some further points after this side of the Pond had gone to bed but the spat, for now, had simmered down and the fight, perhaps, is further away than ever.

Joe O'Neill

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