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Robert Hynes

Katie Taylor blasts Jake Paul's "nonsense" as she sets demands for Amanda Serrano rematch

Katie Taylor has described Jake Paul's $2million Amanda Serrano rematch offer as "nonsense".

The YouTuber-turned boxer made the offer to the undisputed lightweight champion last month on the basis that Taylor drops from 135lbs to 126lbs for the rematch.

The Bray Bomber's lowest fighting weight since turning professional six years ago is 132lbs and Taylor has blasted the offer, telling Paul and Serrano that the rematch will only take place at lightweight.

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Speaking on Matchroom Boxing’s 'Flash Knockdown' podcast, she said: “I think they are just trying to play a few games. I’m pretty sure he knows that I’m not going to get down to 126 at the end of the day.

“I don’t think I’ve heard of that in boxing, where the champion actually wins and the opponent says ‘we only want a rematch at a lower weight division. It is real nonsense to be quite honest.

"I don’t know if he is playing games or it’s naivety from him, but obviously, any rematch is going to be at 135 pounds.

"I'm the champion and if they want to run the fight back that’s the weight division it’s going to be at.”

Taylor in action against Serrano back in April (©INPHO/Gary Carr)

Making the offer to the 2012 Olympic gold medallist, Paul, who promotes Serrano through his Most Valuable Promotions, said: "We have $2million for Katie Taylor to come down to 126lb.

"Katie Taylor, why don't you come down to 126lb and go against Amanda Serrano in that weight? She came up to fight you. Come down to 126lb, see if you're really the pound-for-pound best."

He later reiterated the offer on social media, tweeting: "Amanda Serrano is the greatest pound-for-pound female fighter of all time. She fought at 140lb once in her career (138lb) and then four months later fought at 115lb. Offer stands, $2M for Katie (2x what Eddie offered Amanda for the rematch). 126 or 130lb."

Taylor's promoter Eddie Hearn quickly came out and described the offer as "idiotic".

Taylor and Hearn after she beat Serrano (©INPHO/Gary Carr)

He commented: "It just is another example of him knowing nothing about the boxing business or boxing in general. When she debuted she was 133lb we tried to get her to start her career at 130lb but she couldn't get close to it. She has been a career lightweight and she is an undisputed champion.

"To suggest she can fight at 126lb is the most ridiculous and idiotic thing anyone can say. Maybe he doesn't know how people can cut weight. The opportunity for a rematch is there, they feel like they won the fight. So if you won the fight, why wouldn't you do it again for more money.

"I'm sure Amanda Serrano will prefer it at 130lb but she will never box at 130lb. They chose to have another run-out and get paid but that didn't happen."


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