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Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano fight confirmed for Madison Square Garden

Katie Taylor (20-0) will put her undisputed world lightweight title on the line against hard-hitting seven-weight world champion Amanda Serrano in April
Andy Watters

THE biggest fight in the history of women's boxing – Katie Taylor versus Amanda Serrano – has been confirmed for New York's Madison Square Garden on Saturday, April 30.

Connecticut-based Bray native Taylor (20-0) will put her undisputed world lightweight title on the line against hard-hitting seven-weight world champion Serrano who has 30 stoppage wins on her 42-1-1 record.

The Garden rumble will be Taylor's seventh defence of her lightweight belts and the previous six have all gone the distance. Puerto Rican Serrano claims she will “make history”. She is four years' younger than Ireland's champion and had been operating at featherweight before she stepped up to beat former Taylor challenger Miriam Gutierrez in December.

“This is a fight I've wanted for a long, long time and I'm just excited for it to finally take place because these are the kind of fights I'm in the sport for," said Taylor who beat Serrano's sister Cindy in Boston in 2018. Even then Taylor-Amanda Serrano was the fight fans wanted to see.

"People have been talking about this fight for years and there have been times I wondered if it was ever going to happen,” she said.

“So I'm very grateful to Eddie Hearn, everyone at Matchroom, DAZN and Madison Square Garden for getting it over the line.

"When I turned professional my goal was to be involved in huge events like this so to headline at Madison Square Garden in a fight of this magnitude is really the pinnacle of the sport. It's such an iconic venue and has been home to so many of the historic moments in boxing and I truly believe this will be another one."

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