If 40-year-old Holly Holm didn’t walk away from boxing in 2013, Katie Taylor would be her next opponent.
At least that’s what Holm said following Taylor’s split decision victory against seven-weight champion Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden on Saturday. Taylor retained all of her four lightweight championship belts, extending her undefeated record.
Holm noted that she is in training camp for her May 21 UFC fight against Ketlen Vieira and she’s focused on claiming the UFC gold, but boxing isn’t completely out of the picture for her – yet.
“But I will say this, if I was to go back to boxing, that would be the fight I would want. And it does intrigue me a lot. To the point where, before I was like, I’ll never box again. And I’m not saying that. And there’s a lot of people that have tried to transition back and forth, and nobody’s really been able to do it successfully. And that drives me, I want to show people, I was able to come to MMA from boxing, but I can also go back, and it does, like, get me excited,” Holm said on The MMA Hour.
Holm became one of the biggest names in the world when she pulled off an upset victory over Ronda Rousey in 2015 – an achievement that little to no people believed could be done at the time.
Before that, she was a boxer with a record of 33-2-3 with nine knockouts.
“I’m in my training camp right now from May 21. But that doesn’t mean that I don’t think about like, ‘wow, this would be a great’ you know, thing to kind of pursue,” she said.