Katie Taylor will finally return to the ring on August 22 but the search for an opponent continues. The unbeaten Bray-born world champion was due to meet Amanda Serrano in what was being hailed as the biggest showdown in the history of women’s professional boxing.
But it looks increasingly unlikely that the Puerto Rican-born nine-belt seven-weight World champion will be journeying across the Atlantic this summer. Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom organisation formally announced the launch of their Fight Camp programme which features four shows on successive weekends beginning on August 1 in a specially-constructed outdoor arena in Hearn’s Essex estate.
Together with a heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin, the long-awaited Taylor/Serrano clash was to co-feature on the final show on August 22.
Significantly, Matchroom were unable to name an opponent for Taylor in the official press release. They merely stated that Taylor would defend her undisputed lightweight world titles.
Serrano had originally signed a contract to fight the Bray pugilist on May 2 in Manchester Arena. But this was postponed in early April due to the Covid-19 lockdown. It was then provisionally pencilled in for July 2 but this date fell by the wayside as well.