Eddie Hearn does not want Katie Taylor to fight in the 3Arena in May and has also claimed another plan is in place

Eddie Hearn does not want Katie Taylor to fight in the 3Arena in May and has also claimed another plan is in place

BOXING PROMOTER EDDIE HEARN has said that he does not want his fighter Katie Taylor to fight in the 3Arena on May 20 in Dublin a day after it was confirmed that her rematch with Amanda Serrano was postponed. 

The pair were due to fight on May 20 in the 3Arena in Dublin but reports yesterday said the rematch between the Bray native and the Puerto Rican will now not go ahead.  

Serrano is reported to have picked up an injury from her training and won't be able to make the May date with Taylor.  

A statement from Matchroom Boxing read: "Due to an injury sustained by Amanda Serrano, Matchroom Boxing and Most Valuable Promotions regret to announce that the Taylor-Serrano II bout on 20 May in Dublin will not go ahead as planned. 

"The teams are in discussions about finding a revised date for the bout." 

The Serrano and Taylor rematch will now most likely be lined up for September and will fit in with Croke Park autumn plans. Matchroom are planning to stage an event around that time.  

Before that Taylor's next opponent could come in the form of Chantelle Cameron, Mellisa St Vil, Heather Hardy, Estelle Mossely, or Natasha Jonas.  

Hearn has claimed that the May date is not something they want to do and that fighting in July followed by a Croke Park stadium fight against Serrano in the summer or autumn of 2023 is still on the cards. 

“At the moment [Katie Taylor fighting in Dublin on May 20] is not the plan,” Hearn said. 

“We would like this fight to happen in July and that opens the possibility of revisiting a Stadium. But if the delay goes on until August, September, or October then yes, she will fight [someone else]. Our plan for 2023 for Katie is Amanda Serrano and Chantelle Cameron and that is still the plan. 

"However, if the Serrano fight was delayed until [later in the year] then we could look at Chantelle Cameron. I feel like the injury won’t mean a substantial delay, but we will keep across that over the next week.” 

Hearn has also dismissed the notion that Serrano's injury was a deliberate ploy to land a fight in Croker 

“Everything happens for a reason, maybe it goes to Croke Park now in the summertime. The cynics will probably say it’s a made-up injury and we are delaying getting the fight at Croke Park but it’s genuinely not," added the promoter.

If Croke Park isn't available next year, then other stadiums could come into the equation for Taylor's first professional fight on Irish soil.