Serrano on Taylor Fight: ‘It Will Open A Lot More Doors For Female Boxing’
A fight fans have been looking forward to is a clash between Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor. Two of the best female boxers today, both were scheduled to fight one another on May 2 before the coronavirus pandemic postponed it.
Now, as we wait in anticipation for them to clash, Serrano is ready to give it her all. Speaking to Jessie Vargas on the Matchroom Boxing podcast “Pelamundo”, Serrano (38-1-1) talked about her preparation for the fight, both mentally and physically.
“I’m really excited for this fight. I’m glad it’s actually happening. I don’t know when it’s actually going to be, because of all this that’s happening,” Serrano stated, via Bad Left Hook. “But I just can’t wait to go and share that ring with such a great champion, she’s undisputed champion, she’s undefeated.
“I want to put on a hell of a show. We’re both considered the best. I know she’s training hard, and I’m training hard, too. I have a private gym for us, and I’ve been training hard, because I know that a fight against Katie Taylor is the big fight. I’m ready and she’s gonna be ready, too.”
Debuting as a professional in 2009, Serrano holds nine major titles in seven different weight classes. A headliner and an advocate for women in boxing, Serrano has made it a goal for women in the sport to get equal pay and equal time. Her bout with Taylor is the first big step, as Matchroom’s Eddie Hearn has stated this is the biggest female fight of all time. Additionally, Lou Dibella has stated this is the Super Bowl of women’s boxing.
Serrano’s last championship bout was a unanimous decision win over Heather Hardy in September for the WBO, WBAN, and WBC Featherweight Titles. Looking to move past the moniker of the best “female” fight, Serrano is ready to destroy all negative perceptions about women in the sport.
“When we both get in the ring, we’re gonna show that girls can fight, girls can put on a show, girls can sell tickets, and girls can bring viewers in,” Serrano went on to say. “I think it will open a lot more doors for female boxing, and just show how great our talent has gotten throughout the years. I’m super excited to be part of a fight like that, and I just can’t wait.”
“The female boxers of today want to be able to fight for more, for the girls in the future. I always say, if it’s not for me, I just want to continue to open the doors and help the girls coming into the pros,” Serrano said. “I’m almost done, I’ve been doing it for 12 years, this is the big fight with Katie Taylor. After that, there’s not a lot more fights people would like to see me in. So I’ll do it for the young girls coming up.”
Taylor (14-0) is the undisputed lightweight champion, holding WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO gold. The Olympic gold medalist also holds the WBO Junior-Welterweight Title. She has previously stated she is ready to leave a great legacy with bouts against Serrano, among others. One other fighter she is looking to face is Cecilia Braekhus, the undisputed welterweight champion.
Serrano herself has expressed interest in facing Braekhus, and it is expected the winner of Taylor-Serrano would get the honor.
Taylor is used to facing a Serrano; she fought Amanda’s sister Cindy in 2018. Beating her via unanimous decision, Taylor is ready for another member of the Serrano family. Amanda is not fighting to avenge her sister, but it would be a bonus if she was to win. As far as how she will win the fight, Serrano is staying sharp when it comes to all factors. The fight was meant to be in the United Kingdom. Looking for a clean fight, Serrano will need to not doubt herself due to an outcome she believes is possible.
“I need to have a strong mentality because the fight is in (the United Kingdom). So it’s not just fighting one person, it’s four people. It’s the three judges and Katie Taylor,” Serrano stated.
Who will walk out of this superfight the winner?