Thursday 21 February 2019

WATCH: 'She better be ready for me' - Amanda Serrano calls out Katie Taylor after demolishing opponent inside 40 seconds

Amanda Serrano after claiming her seventh title and (inset) Katie Taylor
Amanda Serrano after claiming her seventh title and (inset) Katie Taylor

Sean McGoldrick

Katie Taylor remains on course to take on Puerto Rican born Amanda Serrano in a super fight in the autumn after the latter claimed an unprecedented world title in a seventh weight division in Madison Square Garden on Friday night.

Serrano, who now lives in Brooklyn, warned the Bray pugilist that she 'better be ready' moments after she demolished Austrian opponent Eva Voraberger in less than 40 seconds to pick up the vacant WBO World super-flyweight title.

The much anticipated showdown between Serrano and Taylor is likely to be a top bill contest at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the latter has fought twice but which would be regarded as a 'home' venue for Serrano.

Serrano, who has also dabbled in MMA, signed a three-fight boxing deal with Taylor's promotion company Matchroom late last year.

After her win on Friday night, company boss Eddie Hearn tweeted "Let me you tell @Kate Taylor v @Serranosisters is an absolute war and we will see it 2019 on @DAZN_USA and @SkySportsBoxing".

By then Taylor hopes to be the undisputed lightweight champion of the world. Already the holder of the WBA and IBF belts, she takes on the WBO title holder Rose Volante in her next fight in Philadelphia on March 15.

Next up will be the WBC champion Delfine Persoon – and though this contest has yet to be finalised, it is likely to be take place in New York in June – possibly on the under card of Anthony Joshua's debut in the United States. Serrano will warm-up for the Taylor fight by defending her new WBO super-flyweight title.

There is no love lost between the two camps. The Bray fighter totally outclassed Serrano's older sister Cindy when they clashed in Boston last year. Her coach and husband Jordan Maldonado – who also trains Amanda - verbally abused Taylor during the clash suggesting she had picked the "weaker Serrano".

"That's a terrible thing to say. At least give your wife some encouragement. That was ridiculous of him," said Taylor who quipped in a TV interview before the fight that she would fight the two Serrano sisters on the same night. She also suggested that Amanda was "mentally fragile" and "afraid to lose".

Thirty-year old Serrano, who first fought in the paid ranks in 2009, joins the legendary Manny Pacquiao as one of only two boxers to win world titles in seven or more weights. A feature of her career has been her ability to shed weight rapidly.

In September she won the vacant WBO light-welterweight title but dropped 25 pounds in order to fight for the 115 pound super-flyweight belt in the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden on Friday night. She was actually 0.08 pounds under the limit at the weight-in but had rehydrated to over 132 pounds a few hours later.

Now ranked third behind Taylor as the best pound for pound female pro boxer in the world, five of Serrano's world titles have been WBO belts – arguably the least credible of the four governing bodies who licence women's pro fights.

After her latest victory she told US broadcaster DAZN: "When the fight comes, I hope she (Taylor) is ready for it. Right now, I have other sights in mind, but she better be ready for me."

With her southpaw stance Serrano will represent an interesting challenge to Taylor when they eventually clash. But it could be a case of the hype being more exciting than the fight with the Bray pugilist expected to win.

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