Sunday’s boxing action was all on Twitter as Amanda Serrano, her promoter Lou DiBella, and Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn waged a war of words online. The heart of the issue seemed to be an issue of respect and the terms of rescheduling her fight against Katie Taylor, which had been originally slated for May 2nd until coronavirus wiped out the boxing schedule and largely shut down the world.
Recently Hearn attempted to reschedule the fight with Serrano taking a purse cut since there would be no live gate. Serrano completely shut down that notion, to which Hearn ultimately conceded, but when Hearn announced a new date of Aug. 22 for the fight, Serrano said she never agreed to that and even took aim at her own promoter.
Yes I signed 4 contracts to fight @KatieTaylor & despite what lies @EddieHearn wants to say he offered us a purse deduction & a change of location in addition to yet another date May 2nd, July 4th now August 22nd my team will handle this. I’m Not a Toy I’m DONE WITH THE GAMES!— Amanda Serrano (@Serranosisters) June 28, 2020
@loudibella why don’t I know of your Signed Written agreement with this new change & date?— Amanda Serrano (@Serranosisters) June 28, 2020
Do I even matter to you or this subject? I’m done being a Promoters TOY
I just read that @loudibella & @EddieHearn Hearns make deals on my behalf without speaking to me or my Manager. Not sure this is even Legal. You guys are discussing me you know!— Amanda Serrano (@Serranosisters) June 28, 2020
I respect my manager but I’m going to have to defend myself on this one.
DiBella would quickly chime in to say that Hearn was misrepresenting the facts (or even just flat out lying) and threw one real heater at Hearn himself, making a not-so-subtle comment about Hearn’s backyard setup.
If @eddiehearn is saying I accepted the fight on your behalf, he’s lying. There is no signed written agreement for August 22 in his backyard. There was never any agreement, oral or otherwise, for Aug. 22 at the @MatchroomBoxing plantation. NEVER!!!! https://t.co/OnbZmh4rJo— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) June 28, 2020
You spent two weeks holding fast that you needed a purse reduction. In that period, I told Amanda that she wouldn’t fight until you could sell tickets in the UK, WHICH WAS THEN YOUR POSITION. Only at this time last Sunday did you say “full purse”.— Lou DiBella (@loudibella) June 28, 2020
DiBella backing Serrano up appeared to get him back into her good graces.
This is what I wanted to hear @loudibella I guess this is @EddieHearn way of lying. I’m sticking with you no matter what. If you’re telling the truth then we’ll deal with this together. I’ll stay loyal to my team till the end. I’m done with this topic.— Amanda Serrano (@Serranosisters) June 28, 2020
Eddie Hearn, for his part, mostly claimed that in Serrano’s original fight contract for May it allowed him the ability to reschedule a fight if necessary — which was obviously needed for the original date — and says he just looks forward to the fight happening.
Enough for tonight.We know our position,we are 8 weeks from the fight, you have been training throughout and train in the same State as KT. Katie took YOUR purse reduction because she wants legacy. There is no reduction for you- we hope to see you for a great moment for the sport— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) June 28, 2020
Clearly this whole blow up is largely because Serrano felt disrespected that she’s learning of her new fight date through a press release, but hopefully it doesn’t prove to be a deal-breaker and we get what is probably the biggest fight in women’s boxing.