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Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano II Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions (Saturday, May 20 2023)
Undisputed lightweight female champion Katie Taylor goes up against Amanda Serrano for a second time in what could possibly be the best fight of the year.
There is no controversy in saying that Taylor and Serrano are the best women fighters in the lightweight division.
Taylor is still unbeaten as a professional boxer. She has won all of her 22 fights with six wins coming by knockout and 16 on points.
Serrano has two defeats on her record. She lost her first fight in 2012 when she lost on points to Frida Wallberg. She then went 28 fights undefeated before she faced off against Taylor at Maddison Square Garden in April 2022.
Taylor and Serrano went toe-to-toe for 10 rounds with the Irishwoman getting her arm raised with split decision. This fight saw two women headlining the Garden for the first time and was named Fight of the Year by Sports Illustrated.
That is why I would not be surprised if this was again Fight of the Year. Serrano will be eager to gain some revenge, but Taylor rarely gets flustered and I am expecting her to take this all in her stride and remain champion.
Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano II – The Story So Far
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.
Since her win over Serrano in New York, Taylor has had one fight and she claimed her 16th points victory against Karen Carabajal at The SSE Arena in London.
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 34-year-old veteran fighter with 47 fights under her belt. She has a professional record of 47 fights, 44 victories with 30 coming by way of knockout, just two defeats and one draw.
Her first loss came back in her 16th fight on April 27, 2012 when she lost on points to Sweden’s 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.
Since losing to Taylor, Serrano has been in the ring twice. She got back to winning ways with a points win over Sarah Mahfoud before doing the same against Erika Cruz to retain her WBC, IBO, IBF & WBO featherweight titles and claim the vacant WBA strap.
Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano II Boxing Betting Tips & Predictions
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 16 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 once again. With the fight being in Dublin, I fear Serrano will need a knockout to get the victory.