Katie Taylor is set to put her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring female lightweight titles on the line against Amanda Serrano.
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Road To Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano
Katie Taylor is the woman to beat in the lightweight division and she puts her reputation and titles on the line against Puerto Rica star Amanda Serrano.
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 is scheduled to be in the ring next time against Serrano.
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 31-year-old veteran fighter with 40 fights under her belt. She has a professional record of 40 fights, 38 victories with 28 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 to kindly to that and called her out, but nothing ever came of it.
Serrano will be no push over as she is currently undefeated in her last 24 bouts and comes into this one on the back of a TKO stoppage of Simone Da Silva back in January 2020.
Taylor v Serrano Preview: Can Taylor Be Stopped?
Taylor showed her class against Persoon and you could see why she is unbeaten, but she struggled against Linardatou at welterweight level. She will be more comfortable fighting at lightweight, and on her day, she can beat anyone.
She can’t afford to let Serrano bait her and draw her in, Taylor needs to fight at her own pace and control the pace of the fight. If she does that, then she will extend her unbeaten run to 16 bouts.
I’m not dismissing Serrano as a fighter, but Taylor is something special and if she focuses on the job in hand and not future bouts, then she should control this one from the opening bell.
Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano Predictions & Tips:
I was surprised how much Taylor was troubled against Lindartou, and personally I thought she was lucky to get the verdict. But she will have gone back to camp and regrouped, and she’ll be ready for the challenge of Serrano.
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 15 wins have come courtesy of knockout or technical knockout, while the remaining nine 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.
Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano: Fighter Predictions
Katie Taylor: “It’s a fight that seems to have been talked about for years so I’m just glad it’s finally on. 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.”
Amanda Serrano: “I’m happy we finally got this big fight made because both myself and Katie deserve to be in this position. 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.”