Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has said that he is investigating the possibility of booking a Katie Taylor vs. Holly Holm bout.
Former amateur European, World and Olympic champion Taylor is 6-0 in the professional ranks since making her debut in November of last year and, according to Hearn, the Bray native will be in line for a world title shot before the end of 2017. She is tipped to challenge for a championship on the undercard of Anthony Johnson’s first world heavyweight title defence which is expected to take place in Cardiff on Oct. 28th.
After that, though, could be a high profile bout pitting Taylor against Holly Holm, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion who held a 33-2-3 record in professional boxing and held multiple world championships across three separate weight classes.
Holm is also noted in MMA circles for being the first fighter to defeat Ronda Rousey in the the UFC.
Talk of the potential bout comes on the heels of last weekend’s hugely successful Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather bout in Las Vegas, a match which Hearn attended.
While this bout wouldn’t exactly adhere to the boxing vs. MMA narrative which has become a central theme in both sports in recent months owing to Holm’s significant world class experience in the squared circle, it could certainly capture the imagination of fans of both sports.
“If the money’s there, you can’t turn down things like that,” Hearn said as quoted by The42. “You can never rule it out in the future, but there’s not one fighter that I have that I’m looking at [from MMA] other than Katie Taylor against Holly Holm.
“Holly Holm is a good boxer and she’s a lot better than many of the [present] female pro boxers out there and I think that’s a big fight.”
Tony Bellew, another fighter signed to Eddie Hearn’s promotional stable, spoke to TheMacLife.com last weekend and stated that he would be open to either a boxing match or a mixed martial arts bout with Michael Bisping — and intimated he would finish Bisping quicker in a cage than in a ring.