The Puerto Rican fights tonight in New York for a world title in an unprecedented sixth weight class when she faces Argentina’s Yamila Esther Reynoso [11(8)-4(0)-3] for the WBO light welterweight title.
However, the Brooklyn-based boxer is still keen on a fight with Ireland’s unified lightweight champion Katie Taylor [10(5)-0] and, therefore, hopes her sister does not ruin these plans.
Serrano’s older sister, Cindy will challenge for the Irish greats WBA and IBF titles in the TD Garden, home of the Boston Celtics and the Boston Bruins, on Matchroom’s big show in the city on Saturday October 20th.
The co-main event to the WBO middleweight title fight between Billy Joe Saunders vs Demetrius Andrade, ‘Checkmate’ Serrano will be Taylor’s highest-profile foe to date.
However, it was the younger of the two fighting sisters that had been calling for the fight and the sibling most suggest would provide a stiffer test at this stage.
Indeed, there are suggestions Taylor, whose team have bemoaned the lack of willingness from the bigger named fighters to share the ring with the Olympic gold medalist, will face Cindy in a conscious attempt to build and add further narrative to the an Amanda fight next year.
The younger of the two sisters, who has dabbled in MMA, is certainly keen on a fight with the Bray sensation, pointing out it’s the only money fight for her in boxing, but she fears her sister may prevent her from cashing in.
29-year-old Serrano is hoping Taylor won’t get nervous after she sees first hand how tough the Serrano’s are.
The charismatic Caribbean boxer explained to BoxingScene how “I just hope when my sister does fight her, Katie Taylor doesn’t get too afraid to fight me.”
“My sister’s not a walk in the park. My sister is tough, she fought the best out there, she’s a great boxer and she might even frustrate Taylor a little bit.”
“So I don’t want her [Taylor] to be like, ‘This Serrano was tough. What’s gonna happen when I fight Amanda?’ I don’t want her to get too nervous,” she added before admitting that Taylor provides her with the only chance of making money in boxing.
“My only money fight is Katie Taylor. After that there aren’t many girls. If I don’t get the Katie Taylor fight, I would like to fight [Erica] Farias, or Marcela Acuna or [Mariana] Juarez, but I’m more optimistic for the young girls we have coming up in the sport.”
Detailing the rising tide, Serrano noted how “we have a lot more talented female fighters out there and it’s a shame that it’s at the tail-end of my career because I’m moving over to MMA.”
“I’m just happy that I’m a part of paving a path for women boxers to come up in the sport and be excited to become pro fighters.”