Amanda Serrano is certain she deserved to beat Katie Taylor in their fantastic action fight April 30 at Madison Square Garden.
After suffering a split-decision defeat in perhaps the most memorable women’s boxing match in the sport’s history, however, all Serrano can do is hope Taylor grants her an opportunity to avenge her only loss in the past 10 years. Taylor snapped Serrano’s 28-fight winning streak when she won their 10-round fight and retained her IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO 135-pound championships.
Brooklyn’s Serrano (42-2-1, 30 KOs) feels more comfortable competing at the featherweight limit of 126, the division to which she has returned for a title fight against Argentina’s Brenda Carbajal (18-5-1, 9 KOs) on August 6 at Madison Square Garden. She would gladly jump back up to the lightweight division for another shot at Taylor’s titles, though, even if it means traveling to Taylor’s home country for their rematch.
“I would go to Ireland,” Serrano told BoxingScene.com. “It doesn’t matter where they wanna fight. But right now, I just need to defend my titles.”
Eddie Hearn, Taylor’s promoter, has mentioned iconic Croke Park Stadium in Dublin as a potential site for their rematch. Their main event helped draw a crowd of 19,187 to Madison Square Garden.
The site aside, Serrano believes Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs) wants a rematch as well.
“Katie’s a warrior,” Serrano said. “She never backed down from any competition or anything. So, I think she wants the rematch. We want the rematch, and I think it’s a great matchup because we put on a hell of a show. We showed that both of us can fight. We put butts in seats at The Garden. We sold it out. So, it was an exciting fight.”
Judge Benoit Roussel scored Serrano a 96-94 winner over Taylor. Judges Guido Cavalleri (96-93) and Glenn Feldman (97-93) scored their back-and-forth fight for Taylor, who was battered and bloodied during a fifth round during which Serrano seemed headed for a knockout.
“I scored it 96-94,” Serrano said. “I think I was more aggressive. I kept coming forward. In that fight, Katie Taylor never hurt me. There was a couple times I hurt Katie Taylor. But, you know, it’s not Katie Taylor’s fault. It’s the judges. They felt that she won. Two out of the three judges thought that she won. But, you know, it’s not losing, it’s learning. After my first loss, I came back and I won [nine straight] fights by knockout. So, I’m assuming you can’t leave it to the judges.”
Serrano and Carbajal will fight for the IBO, WBC and WBO featherweight titles in the co-feature before Jake Paul (5-0, 4 KOs) meets Hasim Rahman Jr. (12-1, 6 KOs) in an eight-round cruiserweight contest, the main event of a Showtime Pay-Per-View card. Serrano holds all three titles, but Carbajal won the WBO interim championship in her last fight – a 10-round, majority-decision victory over Debora Dionicius (32-4, 6 KOs) on May 13 in San Lorenzo, Argentina.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.