Undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor and seven-division world title holder Amanda Serrano collide in a historic match-up at Madison Square Garden next weekend: Everything to know ahead of the fight
- Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano square off in a historic match-up next week
- They are the first women to headline a boxing event at Madison Square Garden
- Undisputed champion Taylor puts her collection of lightweight belts on the line
- Serrano, a nine-time, seven-division world champion, comes in as the favourite
- Sign up here to watch the fight exclusively on DAZN
Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano make history as they become the first women to headline Madison Square Gardens ever in their undisputed clash next Saturday night.
Olympic gold medalist Taylor has played a fundamental role in the progression of women’s boxing in recent years, and the Irish fighter now puts her full collection of lightweight straps on the line.
Taylor became undisputed champion with a controversial victory over Delfine Persoon and has since successfully defended her belts on five occasions, including a more convincing win over the ever-tough Belgian fighter.
Serrano, unlike the unbeaten Taylor, has a defeat on her 44-fight record, though coming all the way back in 2012. The Puerto Rico fighter, like Taylor, is immensely successful, however.
The nine-time, seven-division world champion currently holds the WBC, WBO and IBO belts in the featherweight division – and, since partnering up with promoter Jake Paul – has now earned an opportunity at everlasting glory.
As the historic spectacle edges ever closer, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Katie Taylor (left) and Amanda Serrano go head-to-head in a historic bout next weekend
The pair will become the first women to headline a boxing event at Madison Square Garden
The clash between Taylor and Serrano is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 30 at Madison Square Garden in New York.
The pair are expected to walk to the ring at around 3am on Sunday morning for those in the UK, which is 10pm on Saturday for those watching from the US.
The start time will of course depend on results beforehand, with an abundance of action also taking place on the undercard.
Britain’s Liam Smith is the chief support as he takes on Jesse Vargas in an eagerly-anticipated super-welterweight clash.
Galal Yafai puts his WBC international flyweight title on the line against Miguel Cartagena in his second pro outing, while Skye Nicolson – who made her UK debut on the Kiko Martinez vs Josh Warrington card in March – is back out for her third fight.
How to watch the fight
The fight, which will be a 10-round contest, will be broadcast live on DAZN.
It will be available to stream in over 200 countries across the globe, with Australia and New Zealand the notable exceptions.
Customers will be able to stream the fight via the app on their television, console, mobile, tablet or computer device.
Sportsmail will also be covering the fight live, so you can keep up-to-date with us.
Taylor vs Serrano: The key stats
Height: 5ft 5in
Height: 5ft 5.5in
Taylor defeated Firuza Sharipova last time out to defend her full collection of lightweight belts
The Irish fighter became undisputed champion with victory over Delfine Persoon in 2019
Serrano, under new promoter Jake Paul, is now looking to add more titles to her collection
Fight card in full
- Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano; For Taylor’s WBA, WBC, WBO and IBF world female lightweight titles
- Jessie Vargas vs. Liam Smith
- Franchon Crews Dezurn vs. Elin Cederroos
- Galal Yafai vs. Miguel Cartagena
- Reshat Mati vs. Joe Eli Hernandez
- Khalil Coe vs. William Langston
- Austin Williams vs. Chordale Booker
- Skye Nicolson vs. Shanecqua Paisley Davis
What’s been said?
Speaking at the press conference in April, Taylor revealed she has always had her eyes on a bout against Serrano.
‘Ever since I turned pro, I’ve had my eyes fixed on two fights,’ Taylor said. ‘One was (Delfine) Persoon, and the other was Serrano.
‘So this is a fight I’ve been looking forward to for quite some time now. I feel like since the fight has been announced, I’ve just sat back and reflected on these last few years.
‘It’s incredible how far the sport has come in the five short years. We’re actually headlining ‘The Mecca of Boxing,’ Madison Square Garden. It’s been called the biggest fight in women’s boxing history.
‘This is such a privilege to be part of such a historic moment. This is history right here.’
The fighters were entirely respectful as they came face-to-face at their April press conference
An equally respectful Serrano insisted there will be no war of words outside the ring – but insisted it will be a different story inside it.
‘Nothing’s changed,’ Serrano said. ‘I’m still Amanda ‘The Real Deal’ Serrano. I don’t need to talk bad about any of my opponents. I do all my talking inside the ring.
‘I respect Katie Taylor, what she’s done. Between you (Hearn) and her, you guys opened the doors for women’s boxing.
‘Now look, we are headlining MSG. There’s going to be no bad words between us, but in the ring, it’s something different.’
Taylor vs Serrano: The odds
Despite Taylor coming in as the undisputed lightweight champion, it’s Serrano who’s the favourite among the bookies ahead of the historic bout.
Serrano is the 8/11 favourite to get the victory, 9/5 via a decision and 11/4 by stoppage.
Taylor may be the underdog but the Olympic gold medalist, undisputed champion can’t be ruled out of the equation.
The champion is evens to emerge victorious, 13/8 via a decision and11/2 by stoppage. A draw is at 14/1.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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