Katie Taylor may not yet have a return date penned in but her promoter has issued a list of potential opponents.
The Bray lady has been out of the ring since earlier this year when, at Madison Square Garden in New York, she outpointed Puerto Rico’s Amanda Serrano in a defence of her WBA Super, IBF, WBO, IBO lightweight crowns.
All the talk afterwards was that Taylor, a five-time world and six-time European amateur champion, would once again meet Serrano in a rematch in Dublin at Croke Park in September.
But New York-based Serrano elected against an immediate return and instead chose to fight at Madison Square Garden again on August 6, as part of the supporting cast to promoter Jake Paul’s return against Hasim Rahman Jr.
Eddie Hearn, Katie Taylor’s promoter, initially listed MMA stars Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm as the preference for ‘KT’s’ next foe, potentially in October, exclusively live on DAZN.
However, Hearn – who also promotes Belfast’s Caoimhin Agyarko – was speaking to Betfred’s Lightweight Boxing Show and suggested a rematch with Jessica McCaskill, who has gone on to become undisputed welterweight champion since losing to the former two-time Olympian back in 2017.
“People are talking about maybe a crossover fight with Holly Holm or [Cris] Cyborg.”
“There’s other fighters, world champions as well. [Hyun-Mi] Choi, who’s down at super featherweight, could be an option. I’m disappointed we couldn’t make the Serrano rematch, but she wanted another fight before she considered that.”
Choi, who has a record of 19-0-1 with five quick knockouts, is the current holder of the WBA belt in the 130-pound female rankings and has a defence scheduled for August 15 in Seoul against 3-0 prospect Aka Ringo.
Chantelle Cameron, the WBC and IBF champion at 140 pounds, who also has the Ring Magazine strap and designs on becoming undisputed by meeting the IBO, WBO and WBA champion Kali Reis, has also been mooted.
“And then you’ve got the other undisputed all about to be undisputed, Chantelle Cameron, Jessica McCaskill.”
“They actually could fight each other, which would be an absolute war because they just come forward or not.”
“But, you know, I do believe that Chantelle Cameron and Jessica McCaskill are also potential opponents to Katie Taylor as well.”