Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano rematch: councillors back calls for Croke Park fight

Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano rematch: councillors back calls for Croke Park fight

Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano during their undisputed world lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden in New York in April 30, 2022. Photo: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

The prospect of hosting a rematch between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano in Croke Park has moved marginally closer after councillors in Dublin agreed to support such an event taking place.

The Bray native emerged victorious at Madison Square Garden on April 30 after a match she described as a “career-defining” performance in a split-decision points victory for the 13th overall title defence and fifth as undisputed lightweight champion.

Former Lord Mayor of Dublin and Independent councillor Christy Burke, along with political colleague Niall Ring, had tabled a motion for the Central Area Committee and an emergency motion at Monday night’s monthly meeting of the Council.

All councillors have agreed to back the granting of a licence to allow the October staging of the match to go ahead between the Bray native and the Puerto Rican.

Ultimately, though, councillors do not grant such a licence: that decision will be taken by the council's planning department. However, such a public show of support by elected officials will be seen as beneficial in the campaign to stage the event.

Councillors also backed calls that Olympic Gold medallist Kellie Harrington who is to be bestowed with the Freedom of Dublin City on June 11 be placed on the October bill. Harrington, who originally hails from Portland Row, a short distance from Croke Park has said “if the opportunity came, I would take it with both hands for sure".

Tentative talks are already underway between Croke Park Management and Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, and Jake Paul, Serrano’s agent, on holding a rematch in front of 80,000 fans in October.

Cllr Burke said: “Everyone wants this fight to go ahead in Croke Park to acknowledge what great sports stars and role models these women are. Not only is it a wonderful opportunity for them but for the entire country to be showcased on the world stage.

“Now it is down to the promoters and Croke Park management to work out the finer details of money and costs.”  Junior Sports Minister, Jack Chambers, has also pledged his support for the proposed fight.

One of the several residents' organisations around the Croke Park venue have said they would not block the holding of the event if it went ahead.

Normally planning regulations allow for three events per year (planning law year) to be held at Croke Park which are not GAA fixtures. Five Garth Brooks are already tabled for September.

The planning year to allow for outdoor concerts being held begins after the month of April annually.

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