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Confirmed Katie Taylor to take on Amanda Serrano this April in ‘biggest female fight of all time’

Undisputed world lightweight champion to take on Puerto Rican at New York’s Madison Square Garden on April 30


Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor

The Katie Taylor v Amanda Serrano boxing showdown in Madison Square Garden, New York on Saturday April 30 has finally been officially confirmed.

Years in the making, what is being billed as the biggest and most lucrative fight in women’s professional boxing between the number one and two pound-for-pound fighters in the world will be screened worldwide by DAZN.

It is anticipated that Taylor will gross in excess of $2m while Serrano, a seven- weight World champion will earn over $1m when they battle to become the undisputed lightweight champion of the world.

The Bray fighter holds all five belts in this division and boasts a perfect professional record, but this is the biggest test of her career.

"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.

"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.

"When I turned professional my goal was to be involved in huge events like this so to headline at Madison Square Garden in a fight of this magnitude is really the pinnacle of the sport.

"It's such an iconic venue and has been home to so many of the historic moments in boxing and I truly believe this will be another one."

For the first time since the revered Madison Square Garden hosted boxing on July 17, 1882 two females are headlining a combat sports event in the main arena.

"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," said Serrano.

"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."

Promoter Eddie Hearn said: "From the moment Katie Taylor stepped into my office, this is the moment we always dreamed of.

"The moment the world would stop and watch and watch the two greatest female fighters on the planet headline at the Mecca of boxing, Madison Square Garden.

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"Taylor vs. Serrano is a fight for the history books. Yes, it’s the by far the biggest female fight of all time but it’s also one of the biggest fights of all time, the undisputed World and Olympic champion against the seven division World champion.

This will be the sixth time Taylor puts all the lightweight belts since winning them in June 2019 in a war with Delfine Persoon in MSG and seeing off the Belgian in a rematch in England.

In latter fight she repelled the challenges of Miriam Gutierrez, Natasha Jonas, Jennifer Han and Firuza Sharipova – and there’s added spice to the fight as Taylor holds a win over Amanda’s sister Cindy in Boston back in October 2018.

Puerto Rican sensation Serrano (42-1-1 30 KOs) already has an unrivalled legacy in the sport as a seven-weight World champion.

The Brooklyn based champion enters the momentous bout in sparkling form after knocking out Daniela Bermudez last March, dominating Yamileth Mercado in August and overpowering Miriam Gutierrez in two separate cards co-starring Jake Paul. Amanda was the 2021 Female Fighter of the Year for DAZN, ESPN and WBC among others.

Taylor and Serrano will come face-to-face in the Big Apple on the first leg of a global press tour next Wednesday, February 2 – timed in honor of National Girls and Women in Sports Day, a day of observance in the U. acknowledging the accomplishments of female athletes and recognizing the importance of equal opportunities in sport for girls and women.

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