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Eddie Hearn opens door to Katie Taylor to finally fight in Ireland after showdown with Amanda Serrano

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According to Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn, KATIE Taylor could finally get her chance to fight in Ireland.

I just think it would be very disappointing if she never got the chance to go to Ireland and give her that moment. We’ll see what happens,” said Hearn, who has been planning her trip to the pinnacle of the sport.

When asked if MTK’s sinking increased the odds of a fight in Dublin, Hearn said:

“It’s too early to comment on anything that happened but if she beats Serrano maybe we could do the replay there.”

After turning pro in 2016, there were tentative plans to fight in Dublin in early 2017.

However, the idea was scrapped due to safety concerns following the fatal gangland shooting at the Regency Hotel during a professional boxing show weigh-in.

Added to this were the prohibitive costs of public liability insurance for professional boxing shows in the republic, which rose dramatically in the wake of the shooting.

While Katie Taylor has repeatedly expressed hope that she could fight in Dublin, there has never been a runner since.

But depending on Saturday night’s result, the idea of ​​a Katie Taylor fight in Dublin appears to be back on the Matchroom agenda.

Unlike most boxing fans, Hearn is optimistic about the outcome of Taylor’s showdown against seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano on Saturday night.

“I think Katie will stop her, I know it’s not a popular choice. You always go by points Katie, but she has a look in the eye. I saw them go head to head yesterday.

“I’ve gotten to know Katie over the years. I know she’s not messing around this week. She’s here to fight. This is her ‘garden;’ this is her home and these are the moments when you see her at her best.

“But Serrano looks great too; really strong and you can see the power of their punches. She will be very dangerous. It’s going to be a thriller,” he predicted.

Even Hearn is surprised at how big the fight has gotten.

“Someone said to me about the great involvement of the fans in training. But that’s just the media. The event was not public. It’s incredible.

“We sold 14,000 tickets; we’re going to sell the whole thing out. It’s only Wednesday.

“It’s quite unusual in boxing to get such a sense of goodwill that an event is going well. Most people have the voodoo dolls outside and stick pins in me hoping for rain when we have outdoor events. People here just say, “What a great moment for boxing”

“A lot of organizations and broadcasters feel that they should support women’s sport because it’s like a nice look or a ticked box. It’s nice to see an actual event like this standing on its own.

“Look, we don’t sell MSG because people say, ‘Let’s go and support women’s sport.’ We’re selling it out because it’s an incredible fight and that’s how you create longevity in women’s boxing.”

Hearn acknowledged the role Youtuber Jake Paul played in publicizing the fight. Coincidentally, just as Hearn was being interviewed by the Irish media at Madison Square Garden, Paul was surrounded by dozens of reporters and cameramen a few yards away.

“It was brilliant. Someone asked me earlier, ‘Do you like Jake Paul?’ I haven’t really thought about it. I use Jake Paul; he uses me We all use each other because we want to make the fight as big as possible.

“It’s quite unusual to come to a show and see more cameras around a different promoter. We work together. He doesn’t look at me and think, ‘I don’t like Eddie Hearn. I’m not going to push this show that hard.

“It’s just common sense – let’s make this as big as possible. On Saturday night I’m going to shake his hand and say, “Well done, you’re going to lose in a few minutes.”

“This feels like the biggest fight I’ve ever been involved in in a different way. The Empire State Building will be adorned in Puerto Rican and Irish colors on Saturday night. I would like to have that counted. But I have no idea who organized it.

“The atmosphere will be fantastic. Anyone who’s seen Katie or Serrano knows it’s bound to be a great fight,” Hearn said.

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