We have the biggest fight in women’s boxing history on Saturday when Katie Taylor meets Amanda Serrano to crown the undisputed lightweight champion in Madison Square Garden. This is not hyperbole as both are widely regarded as the two greatest female boxers today.
The Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano odds place the latter as the slight favorite, but we should all expect a memorable back-and-forth bout.
Taylor Can Put Bow on Her Career
If you have not heard of her yet, Kate Taylor is the most dominant boxer in her weight division. We can pull up all kinds of stats such as her 18 gold medals, unbeaten record, and wins over a field with a combined record of 269-23-8 in championship tilts. In short: Taylor (20-0-0, 6 KOs) is the one.
Hailing from a boxing family, Taylor is akin to the likes of Gennady Golovkin and Marvin Hagler in that she rules over one weight division with an iron fist. The Irishwoman made her pro debut in 2016 after having amassed gold medals at every level of amateur competition and then won her first belt, the WBA lightweight title, less than 12 months later.
Taylor defended that belt repeatedly while also capturing the IBF, WBC, WBO, and The Ring titles to become only the eighth boxer (male or female) in history to hold the four major world titles at the same time.
“People are excited for this moment in time,” British sports promoter Eddie Hearn said in The DAZN Boxing Show. “People have bought into this moment. Trust me when I say the amount of media coming, I’ve never seen anything like it.”
Hearn has every right to be this ecstatic — not just as a businessman but as a fan. We rarely see fights like this. To put this into perspective, think of how big Canelo Alvarez vs Gennady Golovkin was or “Sugar” Ray Leonard vs Hagler. Both of these fights were deemed “super fights” and box-office blockbusters.
The Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano fight will be just as big and Taylor, the betting underdog, has a shot at winning the biggest fight of her career and perhaps retiring undefeated. Now 35, Taylor may finally hang up the gloves as her father, Pete, has repeatedly asked her to do in the past.
Serrano Just Getting Started
Amanda Serrano may be two years younger than Katie Taylor, but she is much more experienced. The seven-division world champion is one of only two boxers to have titles in this many divisions. The other? Manny Pacquiao. While Taylor stands pat at lightweight and dominates, Serrano (42-1-1, 30 KOs) is more of a trailblazer.
The Puerto Rican is every bit the definition of “prolific” as she started her career in 2009 as a 21-year-old and won her first title, the IBF super featherweight belt, just over two years later. She would lose to the great Frida Wallberg, which would be the only blemish on her stacked record.
Serrano would then start going down in weight, beating champions and collecting belts as she went. Ten years into her career, she had won six championships across different weight classes. And it was also around this time that she first ran into Taylor by way of her sister, Cindy Serrano.
Taylor defended her WBA and IBF titles in a clear-cut decision over Cindy. But this was also when the media and the fans started linking Taylor and Amanda Serrano together. It would take nearly four years of build-up and help from an unusual source in YouTube celebrity-turned-boxing star Jake Paul.
“It’s funny,” Serrano began in an interview. “It took Jake Paul to actually have people acknowledge me and to know who I am. I’ve been a pro for 12 years, been doing the same thing, been a seven-division champion for, what, two years now. Three years. And I’ve never got what I’m getting now.”
Serrano is referring to her co-main event spot in Paul’s highly publicized boxing match with former UFC champion Tyron Woodley. The pay-per-view sold half a million buys and gave Serrano the exposure she needed to make this fight Taylor come to fruition.
With the biggest fight of her life (along with her biggest payday) coming, Serrano could hang up the gloves like Taylor and be at peace with the legacy she’s built. But that won’t be the case as “retirement” has not even been associated with Serrano. Set as the favorite when you bet on this boxing fight, Serrano may just be getting started.Follow us on Twitter