Tuesday 17 September 2019

Taylor eyes Linardatou date in bid to be two-weight world champ

Katie Taylor. Photo: Sportsfile
Katie Taylor. Photo: Sportsfile

Bernard O'Neill

Christina 'Medusa' Linardatou is being touted as Katie Taylor's next opponent, with the Bray woman eyeing up a shot at becoming a two-weight world champion in the UK next month.

Both women are being lined up for a headline bout in England on November 2 with Linardatou's WBO super-light belt on the line over 10 rounds.

Unbeaten Taylor unified the entire lightweight division after a tense majority decision win over Belgian battler Delphine Persoon at New York's Madison Square Garden last June.

Dominican Republic-born Linardatou has won 12 of her 13 outings with her only loss being a points reversal to Persoon in 2016.

Linardatou, who won the title in March, is promoted by New York's Lou DiBella who'll promote Taylor's former Irish team-mate Joe Ward in the pro ranks.

"Christina hasn't been a champion that long. We'll do the fight if it makes sense for her career. It's not a matter of not wanting to fight Katie," said DiBella.

Taylor's promoter Eddie Hearn indicated that Taylor and Persoon could meet in a rematch in 2020 and Amanda Serrano and Heather Hardy are also on the cards for the Bray woman.

Serrano and Hardy clash at Madison Square Garden in a WBO featherweight title fight next Friday and have inked deals to face Taylor, according to Hearn.

"She (Taylor) wants that rematch. I've spoken to Persoon's team. There could be a move up in weight for the next one to challenge the world champion at 140," he said.

"She's got to fight Persoon at some point. Both Serrano and Hardy have signed to fight Katie Taylor if they win. That is a fight we are looking at in early 2020."

Meanwhile, it is believed Kildare-born, Brisbane-based fighter Dennis Hogan has secured a money-spinning world title fight, details of which will be announced in the next 48 hours.

Hogan was desperately unlucky not to have secured a sensational victory over defending WBO super welterweight champion Jaime Munguia in his home city of Monterrey in Mexico last April.

The Munguia camp promised a rematch but reneged on the deal. But Hogan's brave performance caught the eye of promoters and it looks certain that he will have a third chance to secure a world title against a high profile opponent.

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