Holy Holm has poured cold water on the exciting prospect of a clash with Irish fight legend Katie Taylor.
‘The Preachers Daughter’ had been linked with the London 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner since as far back as Taylor’s amateur days.
However, with Taylor turning over and former World boxing champion Holm crossing over to MMA the fight got all the more an exciting prospect.
Despite once being boxing’s pound for pound queen, Holm only really shot to stardom when she caused one of the biggest upsets in the history of MMA by stopping Ronda Rousey.
With Taylor becoming the first woman to top a Sky Sports broadcast bill it seems the Bray native doesn’t need to move to MMA to make a name for herself and a match up between the pair would be a massive cross code clash.
Not quite as big as McGregor Mayweather, but certainly more competitive and intriguing inside the ring.
However, despite suggestions it’s an option down the line by Team Taylor it appears Holm isn’t interested.
“I am done boxing. I don’t have the passion for it any more and it hasn’t come back to me. Maybe that’s because I’m still fighting, so I don’t feel like I’ve really retired.” via MMAJunkie
Taylor herself won’t be overly disappointed, she is never overly big name opponent conscious, but her team will be aware some high profile dance partners will be needed to help cement the World champions legacy.
Due to a dearth of fighters, women’s boxing often features mismatches, even when the two opponents are both highly ranked. That’s exactly what we’ll get when Irish WBA lightweight champion Katie Taylor takes on American Jessica McCaskill in London. Taylor is not only undefeated (7-0) but she’s also an Olympic gold medalist and one of the best female athletes in the world today. While McCaskill (5-1) is a world-class boxer in her own right and the top-ranked American lightweight, she’s also a full-time investment banker and simply not on the same level, which is why we have Taylor as a massive -3300 favorite (97.1% win-probability) on most sportsbooks over at MyTopSportsbooks.com to retain her belt.
To her credit McCaskill has talked up her chances and thus made the December 13 World title defence all the more interesting, but after Taylor goes on to unify the division Matchroom will be looking for big rivals and big fights.
It seems Holm won’t be one of them.