Katie Taylor’s homecoming fight will have to wait a little bit longer.
It was announced on Tuesday that the proposed May rematch between Taylor and seven-weight world champion rival Amanda Serrano has been postponed after Serrano suffered an injury, with a statement from Matchroom Boxing confirming that the fight is off and that promoters would be seeking another date later in the year.
“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 statement issued Tuesday afternoon read. The teams are in discussions about finding a revised date for the bout.”
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) February 28, 2023
The rematch, if and when it takes place, will be a rematch of last April’s historic meeting between the two world champion boxers inside Madison Square Garden, where Taylor was awarded the win by judges’ decision in what was a Fight of the Year candidate.
Both parties expressed firm interest in a rematch, with initial talks taking place to hold the event inside Croke Park, the home of the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) — though recent complications and a squabble between Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn and figures within the GAA put paid to those plans. The fight was instead to take place inside Dublin’s 3Arena, which regularly hosts mixed martial arts events.
The delay, though, could potentially once again open the door to the bout being hosted at Croke Park.
The exact nature of Serrano’s injury, as well as the expected recovery time, was not immediately available.