Katie Taylor has not given up on the idea of a rematch with Amanda Serrano.
She is also open to changing the stakes for their long-anticipated sequel.
"I’d be happy to do twelve threes with Amanda,” Taylor claimed during a post-fight press conference following her revenge-fueled win over England’s Chantelle Cameron. “I think twelve threes suits a boxer more than a fighter so I’ll be very, very happy to fight twelve threes.”
Taylor (23-1, 6KOs) ended Cameron’s undisputed junior welterweight championship with a win over ten, two-minute rounds—the traditional route for women’s boxing matches at the title level. Their bout took place this past Saturday at 3Arena in Dublin, which also hosted their first fight won by Cameron (18-1, 8KOs).
Serrano (46-2-1, 30KOs) has won four in a row since her epic ten-round lightweight championship fight last April 30 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. At the time, the Puerto Rican southpaw requested during the initial announcement press conference for a fight to be contested over 12-three minute rounds like their male counterparts.
Taylor politely declined the offer, given that the contracts were already signed for the pound-for-pound showdown to carry the standard ten, two-minute round format.
Serrano has since fought at the male limit, and went the full twelve-round, 36-minute distance in a unanimous decision victory over Danila Ramos in their October 27 featherweight championship in Orlando, Florida.
Taylor and Serrano were due to rematch on the May 20 show in Dublin. A pre-existing injury never healed for Serrano, who was due to enter training camp. It forced Taylor to look for a relevant opponent to save the show that was to mark her long-overdue headliner.
It resulted in a two-fight series with Cameron, one of the sport’s best pound-for-pound fights who held the fully unified 140-pound crown.
Both remain viable options for Taylor’s next fight.
“I really don’t care. Either one is fine to be honest,” Taylor told promoters when she refused to make a choice between either lucrative option. “I think it’s wherever the best fights and biggest fights are. I can easily go back to 135 but it’s wherever the best fights are.”
Taylor still holds the undisputed lightweight championship. Those belts were not at stake in either of her two fights versus Cameron since both took place above the 135-pound lightweight limit.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. X (formerly Twitter): @JakeNDaBox