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Why Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano is the biggest women’s fight of all time

The setting, Madison Square Garden, provides the historical past of a mecca for boxing. It was right here that Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought the first and second of their trilogy of fights – the first referred to as ‘The Fight of The Century’, in 1971 – the place Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield met in 1999 and certainly, in recent times, the website of Anthony Joshua making his US debut in opposition to Andy Ruiz in 2019, one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight boxing historical past.

Stylistically, this is a mouth-watering match-up with two elite, aggressive fighters pitching the velocity of Taylor in opposition to the highly effective knockout abilities of Serrano. Undefeated Taylor’s light-weight titles and The Ring journal belt are on the line, in opposition to challenger Serrano who has climbed the weight lessons to amass a record-breaking 9 main world titles in seven completely different weight lessons. 

Serrano steps up two weight divisions for this fight. Their heritage provides fireplace, too. Taylor from Ireland, for whom the Bray native gained Olympic gold – at light-weight at the London 2012 Games – and Serrano, out of Brooklyn, however of Puerto Rican heritage, come from two nations with an enormous historical past in boxing. It is anticipated to be a close to promote out 20,000 crowd for the fight.

On the Taylor-Serrano undercard is the undisputed ladies’s tremendous middleweight title, to be contested by Franchon Crews Dezurn, who fights, designs garments, and has even appeared on American Idol, and Elin Cederroos, the first Swedish fighter ever to take to the ring at The Garden. 

“It means so much, I’m so ready for this,” Cederroos, a former skilled soccer participant, advised Telegraph Sport. The Swede holds the WBA and IBF titles, Crews Dezurn – referred to as the ‘HH Diva’ – is the present holder of the WBO and WBC belts. They have added to the present this week, and their fight should ship thrills.

As for the primary occasion itself, it needs to be a quick and livid encounter. Taylor has modified her type of late, firming down the fists of fury and is extra thought-about in her recreation plans. Yet she has met each problem and stays undefeated.

Stylistically, Taylor is the pure boxer, a quantity puncher with very quick arms from the orthodox stance; Serrano is very a lot an influence puncher, from a southpaw stance, who is adept at strolling down her opponents searching for a toe-to-toe encounter from mid and shut vary, and due to this fact it makes this fight the traditional boxer versus puncher.

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