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Matchroom are unable to name an opponent for Katie Taylor

Matchroom are unable to name an opponent for Katie Taylor

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Matchroom are unable to name an opponent for Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor will finally return to the ring on August 22, but the search for an opponent continues.

The unbeaten 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 nine-belt, seven-weight world champion will be journeying across the Atlantic.

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 palatial Essex estate.

Together with a heavyweight showdown between Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin, the Taylor/Serrano clash was to have been a feature fight on the final August 25 show.

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 April due to the Covid-19 lockdown. It was then pencilled in for July 2, but this date fell by the wayside as well.

Serrano's promoter Lou DiBella has indicated that despite assertions by Hearn that the fight was going ahead as scheduled, he didn't envisage this happening.

Negotiations have since opened with Delfine Persoon, who lost to Taylor on a controversial points decision a year ago in Madison Square Garden, to replace Serrano for the August 25.

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