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Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano mega fight off the table for now

Amanda Serrano [17(6)-0] has undisputed status and not Katie Taylor [39(29)-1(0)-1] in her sights heading into 2021.

The Brooklyn based Puerto Rican puncher was all set to face Taylor this Spring only for Covid to cancel ‘the biggest female fight of all time’.

Serrano then turned down by far a career best purse for a second rescheduled date, allowing Delfine Persoon to get a second shot at the female Pound for Pound #1.

The Brooklyn based fighter was one of a number of names mentioned in big fight 2021 plans, but has distanced herself from the mouthwatering clash.

Speaking after stopping Dahiana Santana within 90 seconds at Hotel Catalonia Malecon Center in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic on Wednesday night, the seven weight world champ set her sights on featherweight domination.

“I want to become undisputed featherweight champion in 2021,” insisted Serrano.

It now appears fellow featherweight titlist Jelena Mrdjenovich and Sarah Mahfond are next on the radar.

Some Taylor fanatics have grown tired of Serrano, arguing she is avoiding the fight – and as result they wouldn’t like to see her get the bumped up purse that comes with fighting the Irish sensation.

Others would love to see the Puerto Rican defeated by the Irish sporting legend, while for the neutral it’s still the biggest female fight to be made.

The unification push isn’t a complete avoid Taylor move according to manager, trainer and brother in law Jordan Maldonado.

The outspoken coach, who is married to former Taylor foe Cindy Serrano, claims their 2021 plans will allow them to demand pay parity when negotiating the fight again.

“It’s being built as the biggest fight in female history, but the numbers are not reflecting that.

“If the fight is that big in magnitude, I believe it takes two to tango. Both girls are the ones making it that way, so why is there an 80-20 purse split. Anything less than that is insulting to me. I’m not taking 70-30 or 80-20. That’s crazy,” he explains.

“Once we do that and come out victorious, we will come back to the table when our worth is higher.”

The previous offer made to Serrano to fight Taylor was said to be €300,000 which is more than her combined earnings from her previous 41 fights.

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 sports for a living for over 20 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