TAMPA - Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will obviously never agree on the outcome of their proposed superfight.
Both share the same viewpoint, though, on the magnitude of such a showdown.
Following her win over Firuza Sharipova last Saturday in Liverpool, Ireland’s Taylor (20-0, 6KOs)—a two-division and current undisputed lightweight champion—was able to freely speak on facing Serrano, a Puerto Rican southpaw who hails from the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, New York. The Irish superstar referred to such an event as the biggest in women’s boxing history, a claim that won’t come with any pushback from her longtime pound-for-pound rival.
“I totally agree with Katie,” Serrano told BoxingScene.com. “This is a huge event for women’s boxing, a huge payday for both of us. Me, Katie and Claressa Shields are in everyone’s top three pound-for-pound list, whatever order you have us in. I already faced another pound-for-pound girl this year (Argentina’s Diana Bermudez) and knocked her out. Now I have a chance to do it for the second time in (three) fights.
“I can’t think about that yet, though, until I beat Miriam Gutierrez. She’s my next opponent and I don’t train for anyone else other than whoever I’m facing next.”
Serrano (41-1-1, 30KOs) has left no stone unturned in her preparation for Spain’s Guiterrez (14-1, 5KOs), though there isn’t any question that the fight was accepted as a prelude to a titanic showdown with Taylor. The fight sees Serrano briefly abandon her WBC/WBO/IBO featherweight title fight to move up two full weight divisions for a non-title fight with Gutierrez, whose lone career defeat came against Taylor last November.
It will mark the first time at lightweight for Serrano since 2014, when she traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to dethrone lightweight champion Maria Maderna via sixth round knockout. The win saw Serrano claim her second divisional title at the time. She has won belts in a women’s record seven divisions overall, including three separate reigns at featherweight.
The incredible feat adds to the credentials entering such a potential showdown. Taylor is a two-time Olympian for Ireland, having won a Gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics before claiming belts at lightweight and junior welterweight.
Taylor had a one-fight stop at junior welterweight to win the WBO title that Serrano briefly held in 2018 before dropping all the way six weights to junior bantamweight where she won her seventh divisional title in her next fight. The rest of Taylor’s time has been spent at lightweight, where she has made 12 defenses of at least one title and five as the undisputed lightweight queen.
You’d be hard-pressed to find a more significant fight in the sport, male or female. First up for Serrano is to conquer a natural lightweight in Gutierrez before setting her sights on a career—and life—changing opportunity.
“I’m excited to see this fight happen,” admits Serrano. Katie Taylor is a hell of a fighter and so am I. We’re going to come together and see who’s better. Right now, I have to be better than Miriam Gutierrez. She is a tough, durable fighter. Her only loss is to Katie Taylor. She’s a natural 135 pounder. She’s taller than me. This is the measuring stick for me and Katie Taylor.
“I want to be able to show I belong here at 135. I want the knockout. I got a knockout when I won the title in Argentina. I’m capable of doing it, I just have to show the world that I belong here.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox