By Kenny Leavett – Katie Taylor takes on Cindy Serrano this Saturday night in which she says will be the toughest fight of her career as she looks to make the second defence of both her IBF and WBA world titles in Boston.
The lightweight from Bray returns to fight in the States live from the TD Garden as she will share the ring with one-half of the Serrano sisters, with a huge Irish following expected to be present ringside cheering on their Irish counterpart.
Speaking at Thursday’s press conference in what very much feels like a homecoming fight, Taylor has been quoted as saying: “This is a home from home for me in Boston.
“There’s going to be a huge Irish contingent in the arena and I can’t wait.
“This is going to be my toughest fight to date as a pro, Serrano is very experienced and a top seasoned professional.
“I relish these fights though, these are the ones I want to be involved in, I’m ready to put on a show.”
Taylor has played a pivotal role in the rise of women’s boxing ever since her decorated amateur days and is now once again at the heart of its rapid surge in the pro ranks.
The 32-year old and 2012 Olympic gold medallist is confident that female boxing will continue to progress and is excited by the number of potential high-profile match ups and rivalries that the sport could create in the future.
“It’s a great time for women’s boxing, people’s perceptions are changing.
“Having the opportunity to fight on these platforms is brilliant.
“Women’s’ boxing is on a high and there’s no shortage of great fights out there for me.”
Watch the action from Boston with Demetrius Andrade vs Walter Kautondokwa, Katie Taylor vs Cindy Serrano, Tevin Farmer vs James Tennyson, with Kid Galahad, Tommy Coyle and Scott Quigg on Sunday morning, from 12am, live on Sky Sports Action.