Katie Taylor finally gets to put her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring female lightweight titles on the line against Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden this weekend.
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Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions
Undisputed lightweight female champion Katie Taylor was scheduled to lock horns with Amanda Serrano back in 2020, but with the world crumbling around us, the fight was postponed.
Well, in the early hours of Sunday morning (UK time), these two warriors will share a ring at Madison Square Garden in New York with all the gold on the line.
Taylor, who won Gold at the 2012 London Olympics, turned professional in 2016 after losing in the quarter-finals at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
She entered the ring as a professional fighter for the first time on November 26, 2016 when she took on Poland’s Katrina Kopinska in a six-round bout at The SSE Arena Wembley in London. Taylor didn’t need all six rounds as she stopped Kopinska in the third.
Taylor had three more bouts before she got to fight for her first professional title. She won the vacant WBA female Inter-Continental lightweight title with a seventh-round TKO over Germany’s Nina Meinke.
Everyone could see that Taylor was world-class and it wouldn’t be long until she was world champion. That opportunity came in October 2017 when she took on Anahi Sanchez for the vacant WBA female lightweight title. She defeated the Argentinian by unanimous decision to take the title, the world was her oyster now.
Taylor was not content with just one belt, she wanted them all. She retained her WBA title and secured the IBF belt with a points decision victory over another Argentine fighter in Victoria Bustos.
She added a third world title to her collection on March 15, 2019, when she stopped Brazilian Rose Volante in the ninth round in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to claim the WBO lightweight belt to set up a unification bout against Delfine Persoon.
Persoon came into this bout as the WBC champion, she had held the title for five years after winning it in 2014 when she beat Erica Farias on points. The bout with Taylor was a war and the Irishwoman got a majority decision verdict to hold all the belts as the WBA, WBO, IBF, WBC and The Ring lightweight champion of the world.
After becoming a two-weight world champion by defeating Christina Linardatou for the WBO junior welterweight title, Taylor then faced Persoon again after the Serrano bout was postponed.
Persoon thought she won the first fight, but there was no doubt in the second as Taylor won a unanimous decision to keep her belts.
Since that second win over Persoon, Taylor has had four more fights and has taken the decisions with unanimous points wins against Miriam Gutierrez, Natasha Jonas, Jennifer Han and Firuza Sharipova.
She will now take on Serrano and this has the potential to be Taylor’s toughest fight yet.
This will not be the first time Taylor has fought a Serrano. Back in October 2018, she fought Amanda’s sister Cindy and defeated her on points. Cindy’s trainer and husband Jordan Maldonado caused a scene after the bout as he squared up to Taylor and her coach Ross Enamait, shouting: “You got the easy sister tonight. Next, you get Amanda and she will kick your a**.”
Serrano is a 33-year-old veteran fighter with 40 fights under her belt. She has a professional record of 44 fights, 42 victories with 30 coming by way of knockout, just one defeat and one draw.
That loss came back in her 16th fight on April 27, 2012 when she lost on points to Sweden’s Frida Wallberg as she lost her WBC super featherweight title.
In 2015, Serrano challenged UFC superstar Ronda Rousey to a boxing fight after Rousey’s trainer claimed she could win the boxing world title as she has never lost a round in the gym. Serrano didn’t take too kindly to that and called her out, but nothing ever came of it.
Serrano will be no pushover as she is currently undefeated in her last 28 bouts and comes into this one on the back of a unanimous points victory over Gutierrez last December.
It’s safe to say that Taylor isn’t a knockout merchant. She is a clever fighter and likes to pick her times when to attack. Six of her 20 wins have come courtesy of knockout or technical knockout, while the remaining 14 have gone to a points decision.
Serrano is a veteran fighter and I cannot see Taylor knocking her out. I’m backing Taylor to win this fight on points and keep hold of all of her belts.
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Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions: Fighter’s Predictions
Katie Taylor: “This is just a special occasion for me, to headline a huge fight like this at Madison Square Garden. It’s being billed as the biggest fight in female boxing history. This is just incredible and a real privilege for me. I love being involved in these kinds of fights. These are the challenges that I’ve always wanted. I don’t think I’ve ever backed down from any challenge. I’ve wanted to face the very best. Amanda Serrano is a fantastic fighter, she’s a great champion and she’s not here for no reason. She deserves this opportunity as well. She’s been pioneering her own way and that’s why this fight is the best in female boxing history. We have champion versus champion. The best versus the best and this is why this fight is so special. This fight is at Madison Square Garden, the most iconic venue in boxing. The Mecca of boxing, really. You think of Madison Square Garden, and you think the likes of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier these kinds of fights. It’s definitely a 50-50 fight. I think that a lot of people will have me, and a lot of people will have her before the fight. I love being involved in these kinds of fights. This fight is genuinely the biggest fight in boxing as a whole right now! It’s years and years later we’re still talking Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier kind of fights. I think years and years later from this fight people are still going to be talking about Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano. I feel very privileged to be in this position and to be an inspiration to the next generation and to have those young girls look up to me. It’s a huge responsibility as well and I want to set a great example for these young girls coming up. I want to give them hope and I want them to know thy dreams they have in their hearts can be possible. Growing up I had to pretend I was a boy to get fights. I had the headgear on, and my hair tucked into the headgear. They just had my name down as K. Taylor and obviously when the headgear came off there was an uproar because all the judges and officials saw I was a girl. I don’t grave the attention or crave the media attention. I don’t want to be famous; I just want to be the best boxer in the world. I’m also very grateful for the women that went before me – the likes of Christy Martin and Deirdre Gogarty, Lucia Rijker, Laila Ali who were pioneers in their sport. I don’t think that I’d be in the position I’m in today if it wasn’t for all those girls who went before me. I’m obviously very grateful for those who went before me.”
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