Holly Holm Admits She’s Intrigued About Katie Taylor Boxing Match: ‘It Turns Me On’

Holly Holm was primarily known as one of the best female boxers on the planet before establishing herself as a mixed martial arts (MMA) star. If we’ve learned anything from our times over the years of watching combat sports, it’s that you can never say never.

Last weekend, fans were treated to one of the biggest fights in women’s boxing history as Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano went to war. A tough and tightly contested fight saw Irish Taylor raise her hand (see highlights). Enjoying the action itself, Holm now finds the prospect of returning to his earlier combat sport rather intriguing.

“It intrigues me. A lot,” Holm told MMA Fighting’s MMA hour. “To the point where before I was like, ‘I’m never going to box again,’ and I’m not saying that. There have been a lot of people who have been able to transition back and forth, but no one has really been able to do it successfully, and that motivates me. I want to show people that I was able to come to MMA from boxing but that I can also return. It excites me.

“What excites me is if I had one [belt] on each shoulder,” Holm concluded. “Does everything.”

Holm’s professional boxing career spanned from 2002 to 2013 and saw her rack up an impressive 33-2-3 record before moving into MMA. Once Holm won Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) gold in November 2015, the debate began over whether or not she had become the greatest female combat sports athlete of all time.

As fascinating as a Holm vs. Taylor matchup can be these days, “The Preacher’s Daughter” also revealed that the two have been in talks to face off in the past.

“We had talked, Taylor and I, before I ended up going to MMA. We had talked about a possible fight there,” Holm said. “I always want to do something that hasn’t been I’m still super intrigued by things, and I fought in three weight classes, ’40, ’47, and ’54, and I never got to fight in ’35. But I made the most of my MMA career at 35, and that’s where their fight was. So that makes me say, ‘I want to go back and show what I can do in a whole different weight class.’ I never even fought in that weight class when I was in boxing and I think I’m bigger and stronger than a lot of 135ers, and I still have conditioning and I still have a lot of experience in the ring behind me.

Holm returns to action against Ketlen Vieira in the main event of UFC Vegas 55 on May 21.


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