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“He was saying terrible things” – Katie Taylor hits out at disgusting Serrano coach

Katie Taylor [11(5)-0] was shocked and saddened by the actions of her most recent victim’s coach last night in Boston.

The Wicklow world champion made it look easy successfully defending her IBF and WBA lightweight titles against Puerto Rican Cindy Serrano in an almost embarrassingly one-sided affair.

The fight at the TD Garden, however, was marred by the actions of the man in the opposite corner.

Viewers got to see Jordan Maldonado, the husband and coach of her opponent, confront Taylor afterwards and roar in the Bray fighter’s face that she would be knocked out by Amanda Serrano.

Details of some of the coach’s other comments both during and after the bout would emerge during the press conference and it is alleged that he claimed Taylor’s win was easy because she fought the lesser of the two fighting sisters.

It was a fairly stunning claim from the spouse of a fighter although to surmise Cindy isn’t as good her younger sister, Amanda, also trained by Maldonado, is correct.

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Taylor, who showed her spikier side during the fight when she goaded the criminally negative Serrano, was not impressed with the outspoken trainer – who her own coach, Ross Enamait, tried to confront before being held back.

Malonado could be heard saying post fight “don’t worry Amanda is going to knock you out next time” and in the post fight press conference the Olympic gold medal winner revealed he sent worse her way during the clash.

“I heard that throughout the fight. He was saying terrible things and that was his wife who was in the ring,” Taylor said in the post-fight press conference.

“He was shouting ‘you picked the weaker Serrano’. That’s a terrible thing to say. At least give your wife some encouragement. That’s ridiculous of him.”

However unsavoury, the incident no doubt serves to build a fight with six-weight champ Amanda who now looks set to go back on her original claims and reverse her retirement to face the Irishwoman next year.

Away from the theatrics, last night was a one-way win against a ‘name’ for Taylor on a big platform. However, post-fight, the unified champion wasn’t overjoyed.

The Brian Peters-managed lightweight felt Serrano didn’t play her part and seemed upset they couldn’t put on a show for the thousands of Irish and Irish-Americans in the venue.

“She was very defensive and I expected a lot more from her,” lamented Taylor.

“It is very hard to take something out of it because she was so defensive. It was obvious that she just wanted to survive from early on.”

“A win is a win and we will move on.”


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