Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano: date, time, how to watch, background

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Lightweight champion Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will face off in a huge women’s bout at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Katie Taylor (20-0, 6 KOs) vs. Amanda Serrano (42-1-1, 30 KOs)

  • When: Saturday, April 30

  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT (main event later in show)

  • Where: Madison Square Garden, New York

  • TV/Stream: DAZN

  • Cost: DAZN is $19.99 per month or $99.99 annually

  • Division: Lightweight (135 pounds)

  • Rounds: 10

  • At stake: Taylor’s undisputed championship

  • Pound-for-pound ranking: None

  • Odds: Taylor 1¼-1 favorite (average of multiple outlets)

  • Also on the card: Jessie Vargas vs. Liam Smith, junior middleweights; Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs. Elin Cederroos, super middleweights (for Cederroos’ IBF and WBA and Crews’ WBC and WBO titles)

  • Prediction: Serrano SD

  • Background: Women’s boxing does get much bigger than this, as both Taylor and Serrano are at or near the top of pound-for-pound lists and certain Hall of Famers. Taylor became a hero in her native Ireland by winning a gold medal in the 2012 London Olympics, falling short in the 2016 Rio Games and then building a pristine resume as a professional. The 35-year-old from Bray has been a lightweight titleholder from the time she outpointed Anahi Ester Sanchez to win the vacant WBA belt in October 2017 to the present, a span of 14 fights over 4½ years. She became undisputed 135-pound champion when she narrowly outpointed Delfine Persoon in June 2019, their first of two fights. Taylor also won a 140-pound title by outpointing Christina Linardatou in November 2019. She’s coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Firuza Sharipova in December. Serrano is a seven-division titleholder (between 115 and 140 pounds), which is a record in the sport if you don’t count two Ring Magazine titles that give Manny Pacquiao titles in eight divisions. The 33-year-old from Brooklyn suffered her only loss to Frida Wallberg in her first title fight in 2012 and has won 28 consecutive fights since, including 11 title fights. She’s coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Miriam Gutierrez in December. Serrano also is one of the biggest punchers among the women, with 30 career knockouts.

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