One of the most important fights in boxing will be taking place inside the Manchester Arena on May 2, as Katie Taylor will face off against Amanda Serrano. Taylor will be putting her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring Lightweight Titles on the line against Serrano, a woman looking to make even more history.
It is presumed that the bout will be the co-main event of the headliner Dillian Whyte-Alexander Povetkin headliner.
“I’m proud to co-promote this historic fight with Matchroom, and to have it featured on a massive card in Manchester,” said DiBella Entertainment’s Lou DiBella. “Two of the best female fighters in the world, two of the best of all time, will square up for boxing supremacy. Amanda didn’t shy away from moving back up in weight or from the fight being in the UK; she embraced the idea of winning on the road and cementing international stardom. Taylor vs. Serrano isn’t only the best of women’s boxing, it’s the best of what boxing is supposed to be.”
Katie Taylor’s undisputed world lightweight title fight with Amanda Serrano will be on the Dillian Whyte-Alexander Povetkin bill on May 2, live on Sky Sports Box Office! 🎬
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) March 6, 2020
Taylor (15-0) is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Christina Linardatou in November, winning the WBO Junior-Welterweight Title in the process. Turning pro in 2016, the 2016 Olympic medalist quickly rose up the ranks. She cemented her status as the undisputed Lightweight Champion with a win over Delfine Persoon inside Madison Square Garden back in June. It was a bout that wowed the New York crowd, and a rematch has been talked about.
“It’s a fight that seems to have been talked about for years so I’m just glad it’s finally on,” said Taylor. “It’s a massive fight and one that I have been looking forward to for a long, long time. I’ve been working hard in training camp in the US since the start of the year so it’s great have a date to focus on now and I can’t wait for May 2nd.”
Let’s go!! https://t.co/WsG53sPCCe
— Katie Taylor (@KatieTaylor) March 6, 2020
Serrano (38-1-1) is considered one of the most accomplished athletes in boxing today. “The Real Deal” is on a 24-fight win streak, and is in the history books as a seven-division champion. Her last fight was a last-second bout against Simone Da Silva back in January. Serrano won via TKO in the third round, her 28th win via knockout. Already a champion in the bantamweight, welterweight, and super-featherweight divisions, Serrano won the WBO, WBAN and WBC Featherweight Titles off of Heather Hardy back in September.
“I’m happy we finally got this big fight made because both myself & Katie deserve to be in this position,” said Serrano. “While our fight could have been a main event, I’m still grateful it’s happening. I’m not going to talk down to Katie, as I know she won’t to me, so I’ll leave it at this: one thing that’s for sure is that we’ll both leave it all in the ring. Thanks to my Promoter Lou DiBella, Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing, DAZN & Katie Taylor for this great opportunity. See you in Manchester!”
Following Serrano’s win over Hardy, Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn stated the fight between her and Taylor was close to happening. He also stated it could main event a Madison Square Garden or London card. While this will not be the main event, it is expected to be one of the top attractions heading into fight night.
“Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano for the Undisputed Lightweight Championship of the World – this is the biggest women’s fight of all time,” saidHearn. “The whole of Ireland and Puerto Rico are going to be watching this absolute war between the Undisputed champion and the seven weight division champion – it doesn’t get any bigger!”
The bout will be broadcasted on Sky Sports and DAZN. Tickets range from £40 to £400 (VIP) and will be available on Friday, March 6.