It’s on! After circling one another for a little while now, one of the best fights in women’s boxing has now been made as undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (15-0, 6 KOs) will put all her belts on the line against seven-division titleholder Amanda Serrano (38-1-1, 28 KOs). Eddie Hearn announced today that the fight will be held on May 2nd at Manchester Arena in England, with Dillian Whyte vs Alexander Povetkin set to co-feature.
Taylor, 33, took a unanimous decision over Christina Linardatou in November after just squeaking past Delfine Persoon in a debatable contest last summer.
“It’s a fight that seems to have been talked about for years so I’m just glad it’s finally on,” Taylor said. “It’s a massive fight and one that I have been looking forward to for a long, long time. I’ve been working hard in training camp in the U.S. since the start of the year so it’s great have a date to focus on now and I can’t wait for May 2nd.”
Serrano, 31, is most recently coming off a stoppage win over stay-busy opponent Simone Aparecida Da Silva in January, just a few months after taking a unanimous decision win over Heather Hardy last September. Serrano shared these thoughts on finally landing the big fight with Taylor:
“I’m happy we finally got this big fight made because both myself and Katie deserve to be in this position,” Serrano said. “While our fight could have been a main event, I’m still grateful it’s happening. I’m not going to talk down to Katie, as I know she won’t to me, so I’ll leave it at this: One thing that’s for sure is that we’ll both leave it all in the ring.”
Lou DiBella, who will be co-promoting the fight with Hearn, also expressed his enthusiasm for making a major fight in women’s boxing, for which he’s long been an advocate. The clash will air live on Sky Box Office PPV in the UK while it’s expected to stream live on DAZN Stateside, though not yet officially announced.
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