Boxing fans have been wanting the fight for years and it is now finally happening- Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, the current first and second ranked pound for pound female boxers and two of the greatest ever in the sport are set to square off against one another on 30th April at the Madison Square Garden in New York City, with Taylor putting her undisputed female lightweight world title on the line.
Aside from being a historic matchup in female boxing, Taylor vs Serrano also holds significance in the history of Madison Square Garden, the venue which will see its first ever combat sports event headlined by female fighters. The fight, to be streamed live worldwide on DAZN, was announced by promoter Eddie Hearn on Twitter.
See it, believe it, achieve it! This is the moment that changes everything, The World will stop on April 30th and watch the undisputed World Champion @KatieTaylor face the 7 division World Champ @Serranosisters @TheGarden live on @DAZNBoxing @jakepaul #TaylorSerrano pic.twitter.com/NvLDmb4NYx
— Eddie Hearn (@EddieHearn) January 27, 2022
Katie Taylor “grateful” for the fight, Amanda Serrano to “make history”
“This is a fight I’ve wanted for a long, long time and I’m just excited for it to finally take place because these are the kind of fights I’m in the sport for,” said Taylor, who has five undisputed title defenses so far and is coming off of a unanimous decision win over Firuza Sharipova in December last year.
“People have been talking about this fight for years and there have been times I wondered if it was ever going to happen so I’m very grateful to Eddie Hearn, everyone at Matchroom, DAZN and Madison Square Garden for getting it over the line,” the undefeated WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO champion added.
Challenging Taylor’s throne is Amanda Serrano, a record seven-division female world champion and the reigning unified featherweight titleholder, who most recently defeated Miriam Gutiérrez via unanimous decision last month.
“It is a dream come true to have the opportunity to headline Madison Square Garden and do so against one of the greatest boxers of all time in Katie Taylor,” the former WBO female lightweight champion said, “Since I was a young girl, my only boyfriend has been boxing. I have dedicated my life to him, and this event makes that commitment worth every minute. On April 30th I am going to make history for me, for my team, for my family, for Puerto Rico, for every Latina and Latino and for all women worldwide.” [H/T Boxingscene.com]
Undisputed female lightweight world champion Katie Taylor is set to face seven-division champion Amanda Serrano on 30th April at the Madison Square Garden.
Taylor will defend her WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO lightweight titles against Serrano, who is the reigning unified female featherweight champion.