Katie Taylor has “unfinished business” with Natasha Jonas and should offer an immediate rematch, says coach of British challenger Joe Gallagher.
The Irish star beat Jonas by a slim margin of points, retaining his undisputed lightweight world titles with results of 96-94, 96-95 and 96-95 in Manchester.
Taylor and Jonas produced an exciting encounter, renewing their rivalry after their London 2012 Olympic fight, and Gallagher believes there will be huge public demand for a rematch.
“What a fight, say hello to Katie Taylor and Natasha Jonas,” Gallagher said Sky Sports. “It took nine years and it didn’t disappoint. He delivered and more.
“It was a big fight and the only thing missing was the crowd. Can you imagine this arena, full of 20,000 people.
“I had the level after eight o’clock. Tasha lost the ninth, managed to give Katie the ninth. Round 10, I thought Tasha won the first minute and a half and Katie finished strong. It could have been. tied, or a round to Tasha.
When there is a demand for a rematch, they must withdraw while it is not a finished deal.
“I said to Tasha, ‘It’s a draw, or it’s a turn out of your way, or a turn out of your way. It is very close. “
“I’ve heard people say, ‘Katie has a lot of obligations.’ Yes, she did, but when there is a demand for a rematch, they have to step back while it’s not a deal done. “
Taylor suggested she might consider fighting Amanda Serrano and Jessica McCaskill, two U.S.-based rivals.
The WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF champions may also have to fill in some mandatory defenses, but Gallagher insists Taylor should simply consider Jonas as his next opponent.
“One hundred percent,” he said. “Why wouldn’t she do it? Who else is there for her to fight?”
“From a financial perspective, it’s all turned to Natasha Jonas and Katie Taylor, and I think Natasha Jonas – that’s the logical fight for Katie. It was such a close fight.”
Jonas was also denied a world title last summer, after being held to a split-decision draw by Terri Harper, who will next face Hyun Mi Choi in a unification clash on May 15. live on Sky Sports.
But Gallagher doubts Jonas will ever receive a rematch against Harper.
“You saw what happened to the Terri Harper and Natasha Jonas rematch,” said Gallagher.
“Everyone said they would have one right away, but there’s no way in the world they’re putting Terri Harper anywhere near Natasha Jonas who played the other night.
“Terri Harper, she and [trainer] Stefy Bull, they’re running for the hills. They will jump behind the sofa. They don’t want Natasha Jonas.
“But Natasha Jonas vs. Katie Taylor, it’s a fight I think everyone would love to see.”