Katie Taylor – Undisputed is the goal, Amanda Serrano is the dream


Undisputed status is the goal – but a fight with Amanda Serrano is the dream according to Katie Taylor.

The unified lightweight world champion takes a big step toward becoming the undisputed queen of the division when she attempts to add the WBO strap to the WBA and IBF belts that already decorate her waist in Philadelphia on March 15th.

Beat Rose Volante on St Patrick’s Weekend on a DAZN and Sky-broadcast card that also sees Jono Carroll challenge for Tevin Farmer’s IBF super featherweight world title and the Matchroom fighter will be one fight away from ticking another box on her goal list.

That undisputed goal could be reached within 14 fights if Belgian veteran and long reigning WBC world champion Delfine Persoon, as expected, agrees to a fight for all the belts in the summer – should Taylor defeat her Brazilian foe at the Liacouras Center in six weeks time.

Then, once the belts are accumulated, it becomes about names. Taylor wants to leave a massive mark on the sport and wants to bring marquee female fights to the fore and believes that is where Amanda Serrano steps in.

The seven-weight world champion from Puerto Rico has played a part in building a fight with the Bray fighter over the last year or so and Taylor has history with her older sister Cindy having humiliated her in a title defence in Boston last October.

History-maker Serrano subsequently signed a deal with DAZN that stipulates she has to fight the Irish star in 2019.

A fellow known name, an abrasive personality, a controversial coach, a good profile, and world titles at seven weights – Taylor believes it’s the perfect mix for a ‘dream’ fight.

“The ultimate goal is to be undisputed champion and once I have all those belts a huge fight with Amanda Serrano will be a dream,” Taylor told ThaBoxingVoice.

“That’s the biggest fight in women’s boxing. I have said that for a long long time. She is a great champion herself and it’s a huge huge fight,” she added before revealing it will happen in 2019.

“That fight is definitely going to happen at some stage this year. I already beat her sister so…”

Taylor could clean up the division in just over two years as a pro, but admits she will have to do that to ensure that the ‘huge’ fight with Serrano takes place.

“I obviously have to keep winning for that fight to happen aswell, but we are hoping at the end of this year that it will happen and it will be a huge huge fight.”

If 2019 does pan out as planned for Team Taylor ,she will be looking for more big name opponents to continue her legacy build.

Matchroom and Brian Peters will be hoping that some fighters around lightweight will use the 12 months ahead to forge reputations from themselves and build a Taylor bout.

However, if no notable names are made or are willing to fight a move in weight may be an option.

“I definitely won’t be able to go down in weight,” laughed Taylor when asked about the possibility of being a two-weight world champion.

“But moving up is a possibility and I have beaten a lot of the champions at 140lbs so that is definitely a possibility.”

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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: editoririshboxing@gmail.com