Boxing return about legacy not pay-day for Katie Taylor-chasing Amanda Serrano


Amanda Serrano [35(26)-1(0)-1] claims she has teamed up with DAZN and agreed to a Katie Taylor fight to cement her legacy – not to boost her bank balance.

The Puerto Rican star and big female fight name has been linked to Ireland’s Taylor for some time now.

Indeed, before she switched to mixed martial arts citing financial reasons, the outspoken Serrano labelled a clash with the unified lightweight champion as the only money bout in the sport.

Now having moved back to boxing with the comfort blanket of a DAZN deal the six-weight world champion claims she is all about cementing her legacy and suggests the Taylor fight plays a massive part in that.

‘The Real Deal’, who aims to become a seven-weight champion on Friday night, stresses that she is not looking to sleepwalk into a big money Taylor fight and intends to claim two notable wins before taking on the Bray wonder towards the end of the year.

The New Yorker faces Austrian Eva Voraberger for the vacant WBO super fly title at The Theater at Madison Square Garden and outlined how “this is the beginning of my contract with DAZN that will culminate with a fight against Katie Taylor.”

“This isn’t about taking easy fights before a big payday. This is about legacy and I will continue to cement my place in boxing history by taking risks,” added Serrano before revealing her planned fight schedule.

“Dropping down to 115 pounds is going to be my first challenge and then I will move back up to fight for another world title before meeting Taylor.”

There are those who will point to Serrano’s previous comments with regard to purses and suggest money was a deciding factor in her returning to boxing.

However, he has to be noted the 30-year-old has elected to drop 25 pounds and down the weight classes in her first DAZN fight.

History and legacy has to be a factor behind her decision to fight for the another belt on a Matchroom card that will also see Ireland’s TJ Doheny make his first IBF super bantamweight world title defence versus Ryohei Takahashi.

Serrano outlined how “I am the only female and Puerto Rican, male or female, to win titles in six weight classes, and I did it in crazy fashion.”

“I first won world titles at junior lightweight and lightweight, dropped down to the featherweight and bantamweight classes, then moved back up to junior welterweight, and now I’m headed to super flyweight.”

“I am fighting a tough and very skilled world champion in Austria’s Eva Voraberger. She currently holds the interim WBC bantamweight title and only has three pounds to drop whereas I’m coming off of winning the WBO 140-pound world title just four months ago.”

“I’ve heard the critics say that I’m crazy for dropping this much weight so quickly, but I’ll prove them wrong. I am known as the ‘Real Deal’ for a reason.”

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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: [email protected]