Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano ready to make Madison Square Garden history

It was all big business inside Madison Square Garden on Wednesday when Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano began the press tour for their upcoming fight inside the arena. Their April 30 fight will be the first women’s main event in MSG history. Both fighters have been preparing for this moment for a long time.

Taylor, the WBA, IBC, IBF, WBO and The Ring lightweight champion, has put on some great matches over the years against fighters like Natasha Jonas and Rose Volante. She put up two classic performances against Delfine Persoon, someone she had wanted to face for a while. The other big game she wanted was Serrano.

“Since turning pro, I had my eyes on two fights: One was Persoon and the other was Amanda Serrano. So this is a fight I’ve been looking forward to for a while,” Taylor said at the press conference. “It’s amazing how far women’s boxing has come in just five short years. . . . It’s ancient history. All of our hard work has finally paid off.”

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Taylor, an Olympic gold medalist in 2012, beat Serrano’s sister, Cindy, in 2018, which will further inspire Amanda Serrano to beat her. Taylor was supposed to face Serrano in 2020, but things didn’t work out, be it on payday or the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven-division champion Serrano had gold all over a table at the press conference. She hopes to add more against Taylor. On Women and Girls in Sport Day, she threw a light dig at Taylor for comments she made about previous opponents.

“I don’t need to speak ill of my opponents. That’s me talking inside the ring,” Serrano said. “I respect Katie Taylor and what she’s done. We are changing sport. I’m happy to open doors. We have to prove who is the best pound for pound, because everyone is asking for it.”

Serrano is on a 28-fight winning streak since suffering the only loss of her career in 2012. Her last fight was in December, a unanimous decision against Miriam Gutierrez, whom Taylor defeated in November 2020. She recently signed with Jake Paul and Most Valuable Promotions, who provided him with a platform that helped secure a fight of this magnitude. Taylor is represented by Eddie Hearn of Matchroom Boxing.

According to Paul, and as confirmed by Hearn, both fighters will make seven figures for this fight, something that was once considered unprecedented. Paul made sure to emphasize that this fight is for fighters of the past as well as the current crop of fighters.

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“It’s also about Ann Wolf, Christy Martin, Laila Ali, Mia St. John and so many other legendary boxers who helped lay the groundwork for the ladies to sit here today. it’s about Claressa Shields, Mikaela Mayer, Alycia Baumgardner and other incredible professionals currently in the sport,” Paul said. “It’s mostly about future young women and girls around the world who will see April 30 as a moment that made the impossible, possible, equality as it is meant to be.”

The two will now travel to London for a final press conference ahead of fight week. Also on the schedule is a super middleweight unification bout between Franchon Crews-Dezurn and Elin Cederroos, as well as a bout between Liam Smith and Jessie Vargas.