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Team Taylor want to start massive 2020 against seven-weight world champ

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Amanda Serrano [37(27)-1-1] is next on the Katie Taylor [15(6)-0] hit list.

The two division titlist is set for a sensational 2020 with the likes of Serano, fellow undisputed champ Cecilia Braekhus and former foe Delfine Persoon all being lined up for ‘mega’ bouts – and if Team Taylor get their way the Brooklyn based Puerto Rican will kick start what could be a ground breaking year.

Serano has been on the radar for some time and has switched between calling for the fight and declaring she doesn’t want to face the Bray native over the last 18 months.

However, she is tied into a DAZN deal that has a Taylor clause and the fight now looks inevitable.

The suggestions were it would play out on an all female card in and around Women’s International Day in early March, but speaking to RTE this week, Brian Peters, Taylor’s manager suggested the bout may play out in April.

“Amanda Serrano is what we want next, ideally in April. She has declined a couple of times,” he said when speaking to RTE.

“A Persoon re-match is a fight we would very much love. People tend to forget sometimes, these rematches, they don’t happen straight away.

“The big fight then is Cecilia Braekhus. She is the champion, 147lbs, holds all the belts, what a fight that is, two undisputed champions.”

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There is talk that any Persoon return could be the first ever female topped pay per view card and the Braekhus fight, which is now very easy to make considering the unbeaten Norwegian has moved to Matchroom, can be billed as a ‘GOAT’ fight.

However, Serrano’s profile and ability to sell a fight may mean Taylor kicks off the new year with the biggest of the three massive clashes.

Peter’s also revealed the Irish sensation was targeting a shot at former long reigning WBC world champion Persoon and was determined to beat the fighter she obviously perceived as the biggest threat in the lightweight division.

“After her fifth pro fight, Katie wanted to fight Persoon. I said we would let it build a little more, get a bit more experience.

“She looked at me, and pointed, and said, ‘you make sure I’m the one that beats her’. She didn’t want anyone else beating her.

“The undisputed [fight] was certainly the pinnacle, that was fantastic. It was a great fight, it had drama, action and skill, and what a stage.”


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