Katie Taylor, the reigning undisputed female lightweight champion of the world has a career that is as decorated as it can get. However, the undefeated Irish pugilist had her eyes fixated on two fights since turning professional back in 2016- one was Delfine Persoon and another one is Amanda Serrano. One of those boxes has been ticked, and the other one is just a day away.
Having ticked the box of Persoon, Katie Taylor now looks forward to facing Serrano
The 2012 London Olympics gold medallist started climbing the lightweight ladder and in June 2019, three years since turning pro, Taylor found herself up against the first of the two fights on her bucket list- Delfine Persoon, the then WBC lightweight champion while Taylor had the unified WBA, IBF, and WBO titles.
The first of her two desired fights made Taylor the undisputed lightweight champion, as she defeated Persoon via majority decision, making Taylor the first ever undisputed female lightweight champion. She would then go on to defend her titles against Persoon in the rematch which took place in August 2020, with Taylor marking a unanimous decision victory.
Now, “The Bray Bomber” is up against the second fight from her wishlist and undoubtedly the toughest one in her career yet- seven division world champion and the current unified female featherweight world champion, Amanda Serrano, whom Taylor faces on 30th April at the Madison Square Garden with her lightweight crown at stake.
“Ever since I turned pro, I had my eyes fixed on two fights,” said Taylor on her career objective, “One was Delfine Persoon and one was Amanda Serrano. This is a fight I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time.”
“I feel like since the fight was announced, I’ve been able to sit back and reflect,” the Irishwoman went on, “It’s incredible how far this sport has come in the last five short years. We’re headlining at Madison Square Garden and it’s being called the biggest fight in female boxing history.”
“It’s such a privilege to be part of such an historic moment. This is history right here, all our hard work is paying off,” added Taylor. [H/T Boxingscene.com]