The Bray favourite takes on the outspoken Puerto Rican’s older sister, Cindy, in what Matchroom and DAZN are hoping will be a breakthrough American night for Taylor in Boston on Saturday but six-weight champion Amanda was always seen as the bigger clash and one which was in the pipeline.
Indeed, it seemed as if the younger of the two fighting siblings was keen, telling Irish-Boxing.com this year that she had plans to fight and stop the London 2012 Olympic gold medallist.
However, in the build-up to Taylor’s IBF and WBA lightweight world title defence against her sister, Serrano revealed she was retiring and moving permanently to mixed martial arts, with money being the motivation behind the switch.
Interestingly enough, Serrano, who scored her first win in the octagon last weekend, had also admitted Taylor is where the money was at and, as a result, Taylor’s manager claims the former world champions comments are comical.
“Those remarks suggest she is training to be a comedian,” said Peters when speaking to Sean McGoldrick.
Peters also claimed Serrano has been offered a whopping five times her career-highest purse to take the fight only to reject the offer.
However, the man behind the heady Bernard Dunne RTÉ days believes the fight will one day happen despite the Brooklynite’s ‘retirement’.
Peters outlined how “we have offered her five times more than she has ever earned for a fight before and she says she is going off to do MMA. I’m sure that Katie will fight Amanda Serrano down the road.”
“But her focus right now is on the Boston fight. The training camp has gone well and she is looking forward to the challenge.”
While Amanda and others such as Cecilia Braekhus and Heather Hardy may be on the radar, Peterss is adamant Cindy Serrano [27(10)-5(0)-3] brings experience, toughness, and will exhibit the added boost every Taylor foe gets on Saturday night at the TD Garden.
“Cindy Serrano has been a professional boxer for a long time, so Katie will treat her with the respect she deserves,” promised the Meath fight boss.
“Every opponent Katie has faced so far in her professional career has raised their game when they get into the ring against her.”
“This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for them and, having spoken to most of them after the fights, they have all made this point.”