Fighting Words: What Does Katie Taylor Think About Amanda Serrano, Delfine Persoon?
A clash was set between Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, arguably two of the best female fighters today. After it was initially nixed as a result of the coronavirus, all fans were waiting for was for it to be rebooked.
Following a glimmer of hope, it all came crashing down.
Talks for a rescheduling of the bout took a turn, as Eddie Hearn threatened legal action if Serrano were to go through with an obstacle course-like reality show called “Exatlon” on Telemundo. Following a battle that involved Lou DiBella, the Serrano-Taylor bout was put on hold. Hearn did discuss the idea of a Delfine Persoon rematch for Taylor while waiting for things to smooth out with Serrano and her team. That bout will now happen on August 22 from “Matchroom Fight Camp” in Essex.
“My opinion is that Serrano didn’t want the fight,” the usually quiet Taylor would end up saying to Sky Sports. “I was training for the fight since January, it was scheduled for May but postponed, rescheduled for July then for August, then she pulled out.
“She came out with excuse after excuse after excuse. I don’t think she had any intention of stepping into the ring with me.”
Serrano (38-1-1) hasn’t lost a bout since 2012, winning 24 in a row. Her last bout was a TKO-win against Simone Da Silva right before the Super Bowl. She has held nine major titles across seven weight classes.
DiBella would end up saying that travel bans, gyms being closed, and a lack of preparation for the bout as a result of the pandemic were factors in making things not as realistic as Hearn thinks it could be. He also stated that unnecessary reductions and negotiations were a big factor.
“This isn’t me bashing Serrano, she is a great fighter, but I don’t think she wants the big fights,” Taylor would end up saying. “Looking at her career, she has picked and chosen all of her opponents. She’s a seven-weight world champion but six of those were for vacant titles where she has picked her opponent.
Taylor currently holds all the gold in the lightweight division, holding the WBA, IBF, WBO, WBC, and The Ring Titles. After clearing out the division, Taylor beat Christina Linardatou via unanimous decision for the WBO Junior-Welterweight Championship. Both Taylor and Persoon blew the roof off of Madison Square Garden back in June 2019. It was an affair that had fans on their feet. Taylor would get the majority decision win in a decision some are calling controversial.
As far as Persoon is concerned, Taylor is ready for her opponent. Taylor is looking for any advantage.
“She needs to learn how to box. That’s probably why she lost in the Olympic qualifier against an unranked amateur fighter,” Taylor stated. “She’s the type who would say Floyd Mayweather runs as well, but he’s the best boxer of his generation. It’s called the sweet science.”
Persoon (44-2) had her 34-fight win streak snapped as a result of the loss to Taylor. The 35-year-old from Belgium has been eyeing a rematch since she believed she won the bout. She rebounded in November, beating Helen Joseph via unanimous decision for the interim WBA Super-Featherweight Championship.
The main event of the August 22 bout will be an interim WBC Heavyweight Title fight between champion Dillian Whyte and Alexander Povetkin.