DiBella: Serrano-Taylor The ‘Super Bowl Of Women’s Boxing’
Originally set to compete in an MMA bout, Amanda Serrano will now be taking a last-minute fight against Simone Aparecida Da Silva in an eight-round bout at 132 pounds. The fight is on Thursday, January 30, inside the Meridian at Island Gardens in Miami, FL. Serrano is using this fight as a way to prepare for a money fight against Katie Taylor.
“I was training for a mixed martial arts bout that was scheduled for January 25 in Puerto Rico and I was working super hard on my ground game,” Serrano told BoxingScene. “A few weeks ago, I was told the card was canceled, so I spoke with my promoter Lou DiBella. I told him that I wanted to stay active so I can be well prepared for the Katie Taylor fight later this year. My fans deserve for me to be in the best shape for that one. I only fought twice last year and those bouts were eight months apart. We both owe everyone that has been looking forward to the Taylor showdown to be 100% ready, and I promise that I will be.”
With a short amount of time to prepare, Serrano must focus on a different type of training. As she told FIGHT SPORTS earlier this week, however, risky is the only way to do it.
It should be Risky! At this stage of my career (Risky) is the only way to do it. I want to have to rise to the challenge. She just fought last month. I haven’t done any boxing since my last fight in September because of all the Wrestling & JiuJitsu training I was doing. Let’s Go! https://t.co/eTfdwS1meZ
— Amanda Serrano 🇵🇷 (@Serranosisters) January 27, 2020
A win could propel Serrano one step closer to a bout with Taylor, one Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn has stated could headline Madison Square Garden. Promotor Lou DiBella has praised both fighters, and considers the fight between the two the best boxing has to offer. You could say the 2020 International Boxing Hall of Fame inductee is “all in” on the matchup.
“Unquestionably, Amanda is one of the pound-for-pound queens of boxing. Her bout with Katie Taylor will be the Super Bowl of women’s boxing,” said DiBella. “We’re thrilled that she will get another opportunity to showcase her talents against a quality opponent tomorrow night before she chases history.”
Taylor (15-0) last fought in November, beating Christina Linardatou via unanimous decision. Serrano last fought in September, beating Heather Hardy via unanimous decision. If everything goes according to plan, the bout between the two would take place later in the year.