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“You in?” – Katie Taylor calls on Amanda Serrano to agree to fight

In a rather out-of-character move, undisputed lightweight world champion Katie Taylor has called on Amanda Serrano to fulfil their agreement and get in the ring with the Bray star.

The Wicklow fighter, who has been silent on the tortuous back-and-forths until now, challenged Serrano on Twitter this evening.

Following an arduous saga, the pair had finally agreed to face each other in Manchester on May 2nd only for the COVID crisis to postpone this fight date.

A refixed meeting as part of the Matchroom Fight Camp series then looked to be the destination for the clash between Taylor and the seven-weight world champion Puerto Rican.

However, the journey to women’s boxing’s biggest ever fight continued to wind unpredictably.

Conflicting talk of a pay-cut for Serrano as well as dissatisfaction with having to fight in Taylor’s promoter’s childhood back garden seemed to be a roadblock.

Further alarm bells were raised when Taylor’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, did not list Serrano as the August 22nd opponent for the Irish Olympic gold medallist when announcing the Fight Camp series on Friday.

The Matchroom boss stated that he was confident the fight would still take place, noting the prior contract and predicting confirmation in the coming days.

However, there appears to be still divergence between the two parties and Taylor this evening called on her New York rival to step up to the plate.

Tweeting, Taylor addressed Serrano stating that “we both signed contracts, all financial barriers have been removed and any training/travel issues are the same for both of us as I’m also training in the US.”

“No more excuses, this is a fight to elevate the sport. August 22 is our time to make history. You in?”

Taylor, who is currently in training camp with coach Ross Enamait in Connecticut, will fight on the Whyte-Povetkin Sky Box Office event on Saturday August 22nd.

If an agreement with Serrano can not be made, there have been suggestions of a rematch with Delfine Persoon – whom she controversially beat in an undisputed showdown in New York last summer – or a WBA mandatory defence versus unheralded Spaniard Miriam Gutierrez.

Joe O'Neill

Reporting on Irish boxing the past five years. Work has appeared on irish-boxing.com, Boxing News, the42.ie, and local and national media. Provide live ringside updates, occasional interviews, and special features on the future of Irish boxing. email: joneill6@tcd.ie