Taylor-Serrano takes on women’s boxing 1st to headline MSG

Katie Taylor will defend her lightweight titles against Amanda Serrano on April 30 in what organizers say will be the first women’s boxing match to headline Madison Square Garden.

Taylor (20-0 6 KOs), a 2012 Olympic gold medalist from Ireland, holds all four titles in the 135-pound division. Serrano (42-1-1 30 KOs) has held titles in seven weight classes and their encounter will be one of the biggest events in women’s boxing history.

“When I turned pro, my goal was to compete in huge events like this, so to headline Madison Square Garden in a fight of this magnitude is truly the pinnacle of the sport,” Taylor said Thursday in a press release announcing the fight. “It’s such an iconic place and has hosted so many historic moments in boxing and I truly believe it will be another one.

The two previously fought at Madison Square Garden, where Taylor became undisputed champion with a victory on June 1, 2019. They will now be the first women’s main event at one of the sport’s most famous venues.

Serrano was born in Puerto Rico but now lives in New York.

“It’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to headline Madison Square Garden and do it against one of the greatest boxers of all time in Katie Taylor,” she said.

Taylor defeated Serrano’s sister, Cindy, by unanimous decision in a 2018 fight in Boston.

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Naomi C. Amerson