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09th Mar 2023

Eddie Hearn: Katie Taylor’s new opponent could be announced next week

Lee Costello

“I think it could be a tougher fight than Amanda Serrano.”

Eddie Hearn has said that Katie Taylor’s new opponent to replace Amanda Serrano on 20th May, could be announced as early as next week

Taylor was supposed to be fighting Serrano in a mouthwatering rematch that would have been history in the making before the Puerto Rican suffered an injury that postponed the bout.

Not one to waste any time, Taylor took to instagram last week and stated that she wanted to fight the undisputed light-welterweight champion Chantelle Cameron.

Cameron admitted she was shocked when she saw Taylor’s post, but admitted she was more than sold on taking on the “best of the best”.

Hearn Taylor

She told the Irish Mirror: ‘I saw it and I thought, do you know what, she deserves that homecoming. Obviously I’ve always wanted to fight Katie. Who doesn’t?

“If you’re around Katie’s division, you want to challenge yourself against Katie because she’s the best of the best.’

Cameron also revealed she had previously been locked in talks to fight Taylor in September when the Serrano rematch was still set for the 3Arena in May.

“I’d rather say in my boxing career that I’ve fought the best and the best is Katie. I’m not going to get bigger than that so for me, this is making my own moment and seeing how good I actually am.

Hearn Taylor

“This fight could be signed right now. Katie wants to fight me. I want to fight Katie. I’ve agreed to everything.

“I’m trying not to get excited about it now because obviously it’s not signed and sealed, but if it doesn’t happen I can see no reason why it wouldn’t.’

Taylor’s promoter Hearn told Matchroom Boxing lauded the potential behind a Taylor-Cameron bout in Dublin – and even claimed she could make for a tougher opponent than Serrano.

“She [Cameron] is undisputed at 140lbs, it is a tremendous fight and Katie Taylor, looking at the Amanda Serrano injury, said ‘I want to fight May 20th’.

Hearn Taylor

“We have planned that homecoming, the 3 Arena is available. We have got to agree the money on both sides, but we are not a million miles away.

“I think it could be a tougher fight than Amanda Serrano, Chantelle is the bigger fighter, she is very aggressive, she punches very hard, and she has believed for a long time that she wins that fight.

“I believe that there is a good chance that we could get Taylor-Cameron over the line next week.’

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