Amanda Serrano doubts that Katie Taylor fight will happen this year


Amanda Serrano [36(27)-1(0)-1] does not think that she will face Ireland’s Katie Taylor this year.

The Puerto Rican seven-weight champ was seen to be an essential cog in Taylor’s 2019 plans but now seems to be dragging her feet regarding a mooted match-up.

Assuming Taylor is to defeat Delfine Persoon on June 1st to become undisputed champion – a bout which is still yet to be confirmed – the hope was for the Bray boxer to take on Serrano in the Autumn in a clash manager Brian Peters envisioned headlining The Theater at Madison Square Garden.

After reversing her retirement from boxing to link up with the DAZN platform where Taylor [13(6)-0] fights, Serrano seemed set to face Taylor later in the year.

The Brooklyn-based boxer signed a three-fight deal, the first of which saw her take the WBO super flyweight title in January to become a record-breaking seven-weight champ. A readjustment bout at lightweight was then expected before a big Taylor clash – a fight that was reportedly built into her contract.

However, Serrano has stated that her next contest will be at featherweight, the class she claims is her optimum weight, and, responding to fan queries, ‘The Real Deal’ revealed that she does not think a Taylor fight will happen in 2019.

The 30-year-old, whose older sister Cindy was humiliated by Taylor in a title defence in Boston last October, when asked if she thinks a fight with the Wicklow woman will happen this year, said that “I doubt it will.”

“I have a bunch of things going on. They are only interested in what they want how they want it. Girls are getting frustrated and moving on.”

“I have some huge money sponsors so unlike others I’m good.”

It is unclear which “girls” Serrano is referring to, although the fact the Persoon fight is still to be announced less than two months out raises questions.

Of course, while she apparently doubts the fight will take place this year, Serrano’s words have proven to mean little in recent times, with the New Yorker changing positions regularly.

Taylor herself has questioned Serrano’s heart recently, as well as her mental strength previously, and admitted her concern that the big-money fight may not happen.

Whatever the case may be, there is sure to be plenty more talk before the fight does or doesn’t happen this September.

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Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie