Irish Daily Star

Taylor’s main event snub bout of order



SHE is Ireland’s most successful athlete.

Katie Taylor is an Olympic gold medallist who won more accolades than she can count before turning pro and becoming the undisputed and lineal world super lightweigh­t champion.

But none of that is enough to make her next fight a main event.

Her long-anticipate­d rematch against Amanda Serrano, which has been two years in the making, is finally happening this summer in Texas.

She’s attempting to continue her winning streak after a victory by split decision at Madison Square Garden in April 2022.

Taylor is ready to rumble and raring to get in the ring to show us her best days are not behind her.

And while promoters are selling it as the co-main event to Mike Tyson vs Jake Paul, the reality is she’s on the undercard.

Tyson v Paul is entertainm­ent rather than sport. Tyson (58) hasn’t fought profession­ally since losing to Irishman Kevin McBride in 2005.

Paul (27) is a social media star who gains followers by going up against fighters like Tyson Fury’s brother Tommy.

Taylor, who shies away from the spotlight unless to promote her fights, can’t compete with that. Nor should she have to. The only fighting she should be doing is in the ring, not battling the recognitio­n she deserves.

She’s on to earn $6 million from the fight in what will be boxing most expensive female fight.


Even that’s not enough to get female fighters going headto-head in a main event.

And the fight is in Texas at a stadium nicknamed The Death Star.

It’s far from the Irish stronghold­s of New York, Boston of Chicago where Irish fighters typically go to battle, which means Taylor won’t have the “home” crowd she deserves.

The rematch won’t be the Fight of the Year or Event of the Year that the 2022 fight was.

Irish athletes punch well above their weight but the world doesn’t see it.

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BRUISERS: Taylor and Serrano in their first fight

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