Katie Taylor says she’s ready for the “toughest fight” of her career at the TD Garden in Boston on Saturday night.
The Bray woman defends her WBA and IBF Lightweight titles against Cindy Serrano as she bids to extend her perfect professional record to 11 and 0. The fight is live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in Ireland and the UK as the Irish woman looks to make a big impression Stateside.
The two fighters came face to face at the historic Fenway Park in Boston today at the final press conference ahead of Saturday night’s encounter. Serrano is by far the most experienced opponent of Taylor’s pro career with the Brooklyn based Puerto Rican having already stepped between the ropes 35 times as a professional.
The New Yorker is the reigning WBO World Featherweight champ and is on an unbeaten run that stretches back to 2012 and is confident of dethroning Taylor to become a two weight world champ.
“When the call came and I was asked did I want to fight Taylor I said, ‘hell, yeah!’,” revealed Serrano. “This is what opportunities are for. You got the best with the best and let the best woman win.
“Styles make fights, Katie hasn’t fought anyone that has my style. We’re ready, we’re training hard for 10 rounds. I’m in great shape, I’m excited for the fight, I’m hyped and I’m amped.”
Taylor is equally excited and looking forward to having plenty of support in the TD Garden. “I can’t wait, this is like a home from home for me here in Boston and I’m hearing that there’s going to be a great Irish contingent in the TD Garden on Saturday evening,” said Taylor.
“Sharing the card with James Tennyson who is fighting for a world title and then with Niall Kennedy and Sean McComb on the card as well there is going to be a lot of Irish interest.
“I think it’s going to be my toughest fight to date as a pro. She’s obviously very experienced and a top, seasoned pro. These are the type of fights I relish and that’s why I turned pro 2 years ago so I could be involved in nights like this.
“I’ve had a great training camp and I’m in great shape. It’s a great time for women’s boxing and I feel peoples perceptions of the sport are definitely changing.”