Eddie Hearn Wants To Match Katie Taylor Against Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg
Eddie Hearn, promoter of undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs), wants his fighter to be involved in matchups against Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg.
On the other hand, both Holm and Cyborg have also expressed their interest in fighting the 35-year-old.
“There’s two fights that I find really interesting — one is Holly Holm and one is Cris Cyborg. Holly Holm is a very good boxer. Cyborg can also box, has great power, doesn’t quite have the boxing résumé of Holly Holm, but they’re big crossover fights,” Hearn told the MMA Hour.
“I think Holly Holm has a fight left with the UFC, which would make that difficult to do. Cyborg I think has a Bellator agreement, but it doesn’t cross over into boxing. So just some friendly chats — she was at the show at Madison Square Garden — but no real negotiations. But definitely a fight that I would be interested in for a number of different reasons.”
Taylor returned to action in a win against Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden in April.
Taylor is a two-weight champion and is the current undisputed lightweight champion. In her amateur boxing career, she won five consecutive gold medals at the Women’s World Championships six golds at the European Championships and five golds at the European Union Championships.
Holm is a former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. She is recognized as one of the first fighters to hold a world boxing title and a UFC title.
Cyborg is the current Bellator women’s featherweight champion, a title that she’s held since January 2020. She is regarded as one of the greatest female mixed martial artists of all time.
And Hearn thinks that Cyborg can be a tricky opponent for the Irish boxer.
“The thing I don’t like about the Cyborg fight is that she’s big and strong. Katie would have to go up. She would have to fight above 140, which she can’t really do, but Cyborg has a massive problem fighting Taylor because — she doesn’t mind, but in terms of the fight itself, you’re talking about a pound-for-pound great,” Hearn said.