Undisputed champ arrests Jake Paul for suggesting new 126lb Serrano run
Katie Taylor has blasted Jake Paul’s suggestion that the Madison Square Garden mega showdown rematch with Amanda Serrano should be at 126 pounds or a catchweight 130 pounds.
Taylor (21-0, 6 KOs), who edged out Serrano in April to retain his Lightweight crown in an epic fight for the ages, spoke on Matchroom Boxing’s new Flash Knockdown podcast and firmly asserted that the rematch would only come at Lightweight.
“What is it about?” Taylor said. I have never heard such nonsense in all my life. I’ve never heard anyone say something as stupid as that to be completely honest. I think they are just trying to play a few games. I’m pretty sure Jake knows I’m not going to go down to 126, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a situation in boxing where the champion wins but has the rematch in a lower weight division. This is real nonsense! I don’t know if he’s playing games or if it’s naivety, but the rematch will be at 135 pounds.
“I don’t think Amanda’s recent failed fight will delay or affect the rematch. I was hoping for the rematch to happen right after the last fight, but it doesn’t look like it will happen until next year now.
“I just want to be involved in the biggest fights possible but I don’t know who I’m going to fight next at the moment but I plan to get back in the ring this year in November/December. The team spoke to people like Cris Cyborg. I only had two or three days off after the Serrano fight, so I’m itching to get back in the ring!”
As well as talking about Serrano’s rematch, Taylor also reflected on the first fight with her Puerto Rican dance partner and her memories of the London Games, admitting the whole experience in New York went beyond the emotions she felt. when she won Olympic gold ten years ago. this week.
“I never thought anything would top the London Olympics, but I think that night in Madison Square Garden topped it! It was definitely the most special experience of my career to date. The atmosphere between the Irish and Puerto Rican fans was incredible, we couldn’t even hear the bell ringing, it was a story and a great moment for the sport.
“In big fights there is always the possibility that you will get hurt at some point, but that’s where all the training and preparation comes in. I get in the trenches every day and that is what allows you to show your heart and your courage in the ring. I’m just glad I was able to get through those tough times in the fifth round and then get stronger as the fight went on.
“Thinking of the Olympics, it does and it didn’t feel ten years ago. I can certainly remember that day like it was yesterday, but a lot has happened in those ten years. It was my childhood dream come true, I entered the competition with so much pressure on me and the weight of the nation on my shoulders. When I won gold, it was just a feeling of relief more than anything!
“I remember putting on my Olympic gear and thinking about how I had dreamed of this moment. Looking at the Olympic rings on my shorts and knowing that I was about to leave to represent my country at the Games was so special.
“Everyone in Ireland thought I was going to win gold, I don’t think I slept a second the day before the final! I don’t think anything will ever compare to the pressure I felt at the Olympics. If I succeed in these games, I can overcome everything in life! When I started boxing at ten, women’s boxing didn’t really exist, but now, back home in Ireland, when you see all the young girls in the gyms, it means everything to me.