Serrano, Persoon mega-fights waiting for Katie Taylor in 2020

Plans are in place for Katie Taylor to go one-on-one against Amanda Serrano and Delfine Persoon in a pair of much-anticipated super-fights in 2020, according to Eddie Hearn.

Taylor will be making the move up to 140lbs (63.5kg) to challenge Christina Linardatou for her WBO World Super-Lightweight title on the 2nd of November, as the headline bout in the Manchester Arena.

It will be the 33-year-old Bray-native’s first bout since defeating Delfine Persoon in a brutal, fight-of-the-year contender to become the Undisputed World Lightweight champion at the beginning of June.

Speaking to IFLTV following the press conference that officially announced Taylor vs. Linardatou, Eddie Hearn confirmed that a highly-anticipated rematch between Taylor and Persoon was on the cards for 2020, should all go according to plan against Linardatou.

“We’ve got plans for that fight; quite big plans in terms of venues and things like that. So, we’re looking at spring, summer for that fight,” he said.

“I think Katie wants to rematch Delfine Persoon. For me, there’s other things that I want her to achieve as well. But I do think that rematch is inevitable for 2020 because she wouldn’t let me not take that fight anyway, if that makes sense.”

Taylor herself echoed those sentiments to IFLTV, saying that the first fight was too close for there not to be a rematch.

“It deserves a rematch. I definitely have to beat her a lot more convincingly.

“I think there’s unfinished business in the lightweight division. I can hop up and down the weights no problem, lightweight and light-welterweight, but the Persoon rematch has to happen next year sometime.”

Before any rematch with Delfine Persoon, however, there is the small matter of Amanda Serrano, a fight against whom would be considered by many as Taylor’s most sought-after.

The two fighters have had a back-and-forth war of words ever since excitement over a potential future bout between them increased following Taylor’s win over the Puerto Rican’s sister, Cindy, in October 2018.

Finally, after Serrano questioned the status of the Taylor fight that she is contractually obligated to, Hearn confirmed, via social media, that it had been tentatively pencilled in for the Puerto Rican to challenge for Katie’s unndisputed lightweight crown in the spring of 2020.

Back on the 6th of June, Taylor’s manager Brian Peters revealed that the fight with Serrano was inching ever closer, stating: “It is done. The deal is done. The purse is agreed.

“[Amanda]’s signed a three-fight deal; she has fought one of those, she is due one more, and then, the next fight, she has to fight Katie Taylor.”

That “one more” was her recent dominant win against the previously undefeated Heather Hardy. Following that victory, Serrano laid down the challenge to KT when she said: “I say let’s go but Katie Taylor’s going up to 140 (lbs), so let’s see what she wants to do. No matter where it’s at, what weight. I’m going to win.”

Of course, any plans for 2020, involving Katie Taylor, may hinge on what transpires when the Olympic gold medallist takes on Linardatou on November 2nd, a fight on which Taylor insists she is fully focussed.

“It’s a new challenge at a new weight and something I’m really excited about,” Taylor said. “I still feel like I have so much left to achieve in the sport and becoming a two-weight World Champion is one of those goals.

“There are still so many huge fights out there for me like the Amanda Serrano fight, a rematch with Delfine Persoon and a fight with Cecilia Brækhus but the first goal is November 2nd and winning another World title.”

Katie Taylor vs Christina Linardatou for the WBO Super-Lightweight World title takes place in the Manchester Arena, Manchester on Saturday, the 2nd of November, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

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