Katie Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn has opened ‘dialogue’ for a fight against MMA star Cris Cyborg

Katie Taylor’s promoter Eddie Hearn has opened ‘dialogue’ for a fight against MMA star Cris Cyborg, confirmed Bellator boss Scott Coker.

Ireland’s undisputed world lightweight champion is set to return against Miriam Gutierrez, the WBA mandatory challenger, on November 14, live on Sky Sports.

But negotiations have started for Taylor to potentially share the ring with Cyborg, who defended her Bellator featherweight title with a submission win over Australia’s Arlene Blencowe on Thursday night.

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Coker said: “Yeah, I will say this. There is dialogue between Eddie Hearn and myself. I said that I’ll hit him up after the show is over, so we’ll continue talking.

“Again, it’s going to be up to Cris, what she wants to do. I know she’s like, ‘It’s up to us,’ but really it’s up to her and her management to see which way they want to head. If they want to continue fighting MMA, because she’s training MMA right now.”

But Coker has suggested there could be a possible stumbling block as he would request a return fight between Taylor and Cyborg in an MMA cage.

He said: “To me the caveat is going to be this. If they want to fight – and this may be a deal breaker – on some levels.

“But part of me feels like this – when I saw the McGregor fight against Mayweather. I felt like McGregor is not a boxer, he’s an MMA fighter. Does he do boxing? Yes.

“But is he at the level of Mayweather? No. To me, I felt like that fight worked out the way it did, but Mayweather should have fought Conor in MMA, as part of the reciprocation.

“We’ll have to work it out, but it depends what Cyborg wants to do. If Eddie Hearn wants to see who is the best female combat star, then maybe he should think about it.”

Sky Sports schedule

Ritson vs Vazquez – Oct 17, live on Sky Sports
Lewis Ritson vs Miguel Vazquez
Joe Laws vs Rylan Charlton
Kash Farooq
Qais Ashfaq
Thomas Patrick Ward

Usyk vs Chisora – Oct 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office
Oleksandr Usyk vs Derek Chisora
Lee Selby vs George Kambosos Jr
David Allen vs Christian Hammer
Tommy McCarthy vs Bilal Laggoune
Amy Timlin vs Carly Skelly

Taylor vs Gutierrez – Nov 14, live on Sky Sports
Katie Taylor vs Miriam Gutierrez
Terri Harper vs Katharina Thanderz
Rachel Ball vs Ebanie Bridges
Jamie Cox vs Jack Cullen
John Docherty vs Jack Arnfield

Povetkin vs Whyte 2 – Nov 21, live on Sky Sports Box Office
Alexander Povetkin vs Dillian Whyte
Conor Benn vs Sebastian Formella
Chris Billam-Smith vs Deoin Jumah

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