Amanda Serrano wants ‘last piece of puzzle’ before Katie Taylor rematch

Amanda Serrano wants all the featherweight marbles before throwing down with Katie Taylor again.

The New York based Puerto Rican added the IBF title to the WBO and WBC 126lbs titles that already decorated her mantle piece with victory in her UK debut on Saturday.

‘The Real Deal’ defeated Sarah Mahfoud via three wide cards on the undercard of Joyce-Parker in Manchester – and the subject of Taylor was raised post the win.

The seven-weight world champion revealed she remains keen to rematch their historical Fight of the Year contender but has other business to take care of first.

“I want the last piece of the puzzle, to become undisputed,” Serrano declared afterwards. “Then the rematch with Katie Taylor.

“What better story than undisputed vs undisputed? It will add to both our legacies.”

With just one title to secure Serrano’s undisputed ambitions could fit perfectly into the undisputed lightweight champion, Taylor’s repeat timeline.

The Bray fighter defends her four straps against Karen Elizabeth Carabaja on top of a bill that hosts fights for Caoimhin Agyarko and Gary Cully on October 29.

Irish-boxing.com understands, Team Taylor are still hopeful a Croke Park rematch can be done for spring or summer next year – and when speaking to Boxing Ticket’s NI prior to her most recent win Serrano was open to that idea.

Serrano said she would ‘love’ to fight at GAA Headquarters and that a bout in the stadium would be ‘amazing’ for both her and Ireland’s greatest ever sports star.

“That would be an amazing venue for both of us,” she said.

“I hope I gained a lot of Irish fans after the [first] fight, a lot of people from Ireland came up to me and told me they are fans of mine. It would be an amazing night for both of us. I would love to fight over there.”

April 30, 2022; New York, NY, USA; Referee Michael Griffin separate Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano during their bout at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.

If the rematch is made and Serrano does come to Ireland, the power puncher says she will be coming with the intention of knocking out the home favourite.

“You don’t lose you learn and I learnt what needs to be done for the next one. I need to go out there and make sure I don’t leave it to the judges. After my first fight I went and won 10 fights by KO and that’s what needs to be done.”

Jonny Stapleton

Irish-boxing.com contributor for 15 years and editor for the past decade. Have been covering boxing for over 16 years and writing about sport for a living for 19 years. Former Assistant Sports editor for the Gazette News Paper Group and former Tallaght Voice Sports Editor. Have had work published in publications around the world when working as a freelance journalist. Also co-founder of Junior Sports Media and Leinster Rugby PRO of the Year winner. email: editoririshboxing@gmail.com