By News Team
28th April 2022
Saturday evening plays host to a huge night for women’s boxing as Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano become the first women to headline a sold-out combat sports event in the world’s most famous fighting arena, Madison Square Garden.
For those perhaps less acquainted with Saturday’s two protagonists, in Layman’s terms this is Manchester City v Liverpool; it’s Federer v Nadal or as Eddie Hearn described it, it’s Mayweather v Pacquaio. It’s the two pound-for-pound Queens of the sport, going head-to-head at the peak of their powers, not just for the undisputed lightweight championship, but for history, legacy and an opportunity to elevate their sport to a whole new level of exposure.
We preview the fight below and assess the latest William Hill boxing odds ahead of a fascinating match-up.
Taylor ready for her crowning moment
A highly-decorated amateur, Katie Taylor flew the flag for her native Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics, the first time women’s boxing had appeared at the games, and brought home a gold medal at lightweight following a series of stellar performances.
It was clear not only that Taylor was an elite fighter, but also a rising star of the sport, perhaps with enough star-power to turn women’s boxing into simply boxing. Since then, Eddie Hearn has carefully nurtured her potential, giving Taylor several fights on big Anthony Joshua undercards to help further build her name in the sport, before letting her stand on her own two feet.
The Bray Bomber is now one of the most accomplished fighters in the sport, with a wealth of nearly 200 amateur fights and a perfect 20-0 professional record in which she’s faced elite competition from the outset, unifying the lightweight division in the process. She’s an aggressive, pressure fighter, who throws excellent combinations with fast hands and can wear on her opponents, particularly as the rounds go on. She isn’t afraid to take a shot in order to land a shot, but she’ll need to wary of Serrano’s KO threat, especially in the early rounds.
Despite all she has achieved, there is no doubt that Taylor is approaching the back end of her history-making career, but she has all the tools and experience to make this her greatest moment yet. The Irishwoman is currently the 23/20 outright underdog with her best chance of taking the victory seemingly coming via decision at 8/5.
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Serrano so dangerous
Although Amanda Serrano doesn’t have the amateur pedigree of her opponent on Saturday night, she’s sharpened her tools on the job, with 44 professional fights at a record of 42-1-1. She’s captured nine world championships across seven different divisions, from super flyweight to light welterweight, and is the current unified featherweight world champion.
The sport is in her blood, with her and her sister Cindy becoming the only sisters to hold world titles from the same organisation when Cindy won the WBO featherweight title in 2016. Serrano’s sole career defeat came a decade ago and she has since racked up a hugely impressive 28 consecutive wins.
Technically, Serrano is a tough puzzle to solve for any fighter. She has great timing with her lead jab from the southpaw stance and uses it to set up opportunities to counterstrike. She definitely has more of a KO threat than Taylor, with 30 of her 42 professional wins coming by way of knockout. She throws an excellent variety of shots, mixing in the body work throughout and is capable of landing fight-ending shots with either hand.
With a host of records under her belt, including being the only Puerto Rican fighter ever to hold world titles in more than four weight classes, Serrano is on a mission to cement her place as the greatest female boxer of all time, and ending Katie Taylor’s unbeaten record would be a huge step towards that goal.