The beginning of May was supposed to welcome one of the biggest fights of Katie Taylor’s career, as she was set to face current WBO and WBC interim titleholder, seven-weight-champ, and future boxing-hall-of-famer Amanda Serrano.
The fight got called off due to COVID-19, then rescheduled for July 4th, to be shown on the Dillian Whyte v Alexander Povetkin undercard. Personally, we think it should have been the main event. Though now, it seems to have been postponed further, with Eddie Hearn admitting it may need to wait until August.
Why is it delayed again?
Even though Whyte-Povetkin may go still go ahead, the possibility of Taylor and Serrano being on the undercard is slimmer. This is because both Serrano and Taylor are based in the US and, while Serrano is a US citizen, Taylor is there on a Visa.
By July travel bans might have been lifted allowing Povetkin, Serrano, and Taylor and their teams to fly to the UK. But as Donald Trump has tight restrictions on non-US citizens entering the US, unless these are also relaxed by July, Taylor would find herself unable to return to Connecticut where she resides alongside her trainer Ross Enamait.
As Taylor has made Connecticut her base, she’s unlikely to risk separating herself from her team, trainer, sparring partners, and equipment. Especially not when she will need to get straight into her recovery regime, regardless of the outcome with Serrano.
Who does she want in the ring?
Taylor wants a rematch with Delfine Persoon to silence any doubts about her previous win, which she won by majority decision but was extremely close and many saw going the other way. Of the fight, she said “It was a particularly bad performance that night but I dug deep and got the win in a close fight”, she wants to make sure the next one isn’t close.
She wants to take this fight, despite not needing to put her title on the line, simply to clarify any possible smudges on her record. It’s a decision that speaks to Taylor’s drive to leave her mark on boxing history, she’s thinking above all about how we will view her career when she’s done. It’s a mentality that few boxers have today, with many wanting to maintain unbeaten records, chase the prize-fights and not take unnecessary risks. Taylor wants to leave the game with no stone unturned.
Taylor also wants Cecilia Braekhus, who has herself spoken openly about wanting to face Taylor. Braekhus is a true giant of women’s boxing, the first undisputed woman boxer ever, the trailblazer. For Taylor to be so doggedly pursuing this fight is another great testament to her mentality, she wants to face the best at all costs before she loses the chance.
Braekhus, speaking to Eddie Hearn on Instagram live said, “I’m in a foursome that is quite extraordinary. This mini-tournament with me, McCaskill, Katie Taylor, and Amanda Serrano … It’s quite an astonishing situation right now in women’s boxing.” We agree immensely Cecilia.
When will she be in the ring next?
With the aforementioned logistical problems surrounding her match with Serrano, the match has yet to be confirmed. It all boils down to where the Dillian Whyte – Alexander Povetkin match is held, and what Trump does regarding the US entry restrictions.
The fight will be held in the UK for sure. If it were possible for Whyte and Povetkin’s teams to get into the US, it would also be possible for Taylor to re-enter following a Bout in the UK.
Given the way things are going at the moment, we imagine that Whyte-Povetkin will go ahead as planned on July 4th, or a little later in July. But, we don’t imagine Taylor-Serrano will be on the undercard. Which could possibly push it onto Hearn’s next big event, that being the AJ-Pulev fight, wherever and whenever that takes place. Don’t quote us.