Eddie Hearn has admitted that there is plenty of aggravation involved with staging a Katie Taylor fight at Croke Park.
Taylor and Amanda Serrano, as well as promoters Hearn and Jake Paul, have said they are happy to stage the rematch at Croke Park in Dublin, although several obstacles do stand in the way.
Perhaps the most basic one is that the weather may not be good enough to stage an outdoor fight in Dublin in late summer or early autumn, although security concerns remain surrounding boxing events in Ireland.
No professional boxing events have been held in the Republic of Ireland since a gangland shooting at a weigh-in in Dublin back in 2016, although those fears may have been somewhat allayed following sanctions against the Kinahan Organised Crime Group.
Hearn was speaking on Ariel Helwani’s the MMA Hour and admitted that staging the rematch between Taylor and Serrano would not be straight forward.
Eddie Hearn on possibility of a Katie Taylor fight at Croke Park.
“You’ve got Croke Park in Ireland and she’s never fought in Ireland. Just because there’s been political problems within boxing and stuff like that,” Hearn explained.
“We haven’t done shows there, there hasn’t been a lot of boxing. There’s a lot of sort of aggravation and hoops to jump through. Really, she was doing so well in England and the US that we just kept on going.
“But every time we fight you see the same comments. This is Ireland’s greatest ever fighter, maybe their greatest ever sports star. How can she not fight in Ireland? And you would do 60,000 at Croke Park and it would be the most stunning night.
“She deserves it so much. On the flip side, MSG [Madison Square Garden] came back and said, ‘Guys, you have to bring the rematch back here.’ There was something to be said about the Puerto Ricans and Irish [both being there].
“The Irish were slightly louder but it was very close. That added so much, in my opinion, to the event itself. I’m not sure you’d get the same amount of Puerto Ricans flying to Ireland, but it would be nice.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) May 2, 2022
Maidson Square Garden and the Middle East are in the running.
While Hearn stated that Croke Park would be his and Taylor’s preference for the rematch, he named Madison Square Garden and the Middle East as other potential options.
Hearn has staged big fights in the Middle East before, as Anthony Joshua fought Andy Ruiz Jr. for a second time in Saudi Arabia, while other countries in the region are also keen to host big fights.
The rematch between Taylor and Serrano isn’t expected to take place until August or September, and there is still plenty of water yet to go under the bridge in terms of organising the bout.