Pictures of just three fighters hang in Eddie Hearn’s office: Anthony Joshua, Canelo Alvarez and Katie Taylor, and Hearn argues that Taylor could be the most important of the three.
Taylor’s undefeated record faces arguably its biggest test on Saturday night against Amanda Serrano, the first time a women’s bout has headlined the card at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden.
His promoter thinks he will go down in boxing folklore, not just in women’s boxing. For him, this looks like a watershed moment for the sport.
“It’s not just important for women’s boxing, just for boxing,” he said. “It’s not just the greatest women’s fight of all time, but one of the best fights of all time. You have the undisputed world champion against a seven division world champion.
“It’s the Floyd Mayweather-Manny Pacquiao of women’s boxing, but with both at their peak. This fight will grab headlines and the world will watch and see a classic.
Both Taylor and Serrano have their stories of adversity to get to this point. For Taylor, this involved going to the gym to train every day wearing his helmet to disguise his ponytail, pretending to be a boy in order to train with other boys and compete against other boys. other boys in amateur fights.
But then the pressure on the International Olympic Committee to include women’s boxing in the Olympics and win one of the first gold medals, while breaking new ground in the professional ranks with 20 wins in 20 fights.
By contrast, Serrano was tearing up on the lower tier, earning just $500 a fight as she fought for her chance on the biggest stage, avoiding any relationships in her personal life or even the distraction of a cellphone to devote herself to. only in boxing.
For Hearn, it’s pure boxing. “Katie Taylor couldn’t live a purer life in boxing,” he said. “She has dedicated her whole life to sport, just like Amanda Serrano. They gave their lives to be professionals in very different ways.
“And for me, it’s a bit like 90,000 fans for Barcelona women’s football. It will be one of those moments.”
Taylor has been pushed inside the ropes before, but Serrano should, in theory, pose the biggest challenge of her career. It is, Hearn argues, a 50-50 fight.
“Serrano hits really hard and Katie Taylor is technically superb,” he added. “I’ve never seen Katie more beautiful or more motivated in the gym. This is the moment that she will be remembered forever, and I think it scares her a little bit. She wants to win so badly, and she’s going to having to walk through fire, a war.
“The pace is going to be fast, the punches are going to come from all over the place and it’s going to be one of those fights. It can only be epic. »
It’s also a fight where Hearn sincerely believes that Taylor’s previous cloak of invincibility might finally slip away.
When she won the first close decision over Delfine Persoon in their first fight, some argued she didn’t deserve the win, comments that gnawed at her.
“The thought of people thinking she might not have won the fight was honestly the reason she rematched her,” Hearn said. “She couldn’t live with it. So she will be absolutely devastated if she loses. It’s his whole life. »
Taylor defends his WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight titles.
No title to defend for Serrano. But she is the world champion in super flyweight, bantamweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and light welterweight.
You can watch Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano live and exclusively on DAZN on April 30.