Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano: Taylor says winner will need ‘heart and guts’ in undisputed clash at Madison Square Garden

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Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano share the Madison Square Garden stage with common goals on Saturday as the pair fight for undisputed glory while seeking to inspire young female athletes.

Undefeated Taylor (20-0) puts her WBA, WBC, IBF and WBO lightweight titles on the line against seven-weight world champion Serrano, two years after their originally scheduled reunion was canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic .

Taylor admitted the event had a “very different” feel to when, as a 10-year-old, she had to pretend to be a boy to fight, before women’s boxing was sanctioned in Ireland.

The 35-year-old is confident she will leave New York as she arrived, with all four belts in hand.

“I don’t train to lose fights, I train to win, it’s the same for me on Saturday,” Taylor told reporters. “I go into this confident that I will emerge victorious.

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World super-welterweight champion Hannah Rankin says undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor deserves “huge props” for helping to develop women’s boxing.

“The best part of this fight, the best part of my legacy is being able to inspire the next generation and this fight will inspire a lot of young girls, that’s the best part about it.

“Stylistically, I think it will be a very exciting fight. I think the winner will have to show a lot of heart, a lot of courage, a lot of skill.

“It’s going to be a combination of those things, I think you’re going to see some great boxing.”

WBC, WBO and IBO featherweight champion Serrano enters the fight 42-1-1 following her unanimous decision victory over Miriam Gutiérrez in December.

The 33-year-old, whose only career defeat to date came to Frida Wallberg in 2012, said Saturday would be for women in all sports.

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World super featherweight champion Mikaela Mayer says she would be happy to gain weight and face Katie Taylor in the ring.

“I shine under pressure, I’m just excited to go,” said the Puerto Rican fighter.

“I know Katie Taylor is a true champion, she’s undefeated for a reason but one of my goals is to become undisputed champion and she’s got it and I’m moving up two divisions again to face the best, the one of the best fighters in the world, i’m ready and looking forward to saturday night to prove that we deserve this opportunity to be in the spotlight and everything together.

“It’s been an incredible long journey to get here to fight Katie Taylor. I think the timing couldn’t be better than right now, I can’t wait for Saturday night.

“I’m so looking forward to Sunday and being the undisputed champion.”

“I think no matter what happens on Saturday, the real winners are the fans and women in general and the sport of women’s boxing.”

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