The rematch between Amanda Serrano and Katie Taylor has been confirmed after Serrano became the undisputed featherweight world champion on Saturday.
Amanda Serrano defeated Erika Cruz by unanimous decision in New York and will now seek vengeance against Katie Taylor. Amanda received 98-92, 98-92, and 97-93 from the three judges.
Just moments after Amanda’s victory, Taylor entered the ring, and the two confirmed an Amanda Serrano vs Katie Taylor rematch for May 20 in Dublin, Ireland. Katie’s first professional fight in her home country.
The fight’s location has not been announced, but ESPN reports that the 13,000-seat 3Arena and the 82,000-seat Croke Park have been mentioned as possible venues.
Taylor stated after Amanda’s victory on Saturday night that it is more than a dream come true for her to make her debut in Ireland against the Puerto Rican.
“This is more than a dream come true — my debut in Ireland against Amanda Serrano, ‘The Real Deal’. This is incredible, and as I said, the last fight was epic, and I expect nothing less for the next one.” Katie Taylor said after joining Amanda Serrano in the ring, according to ESPN.
Katie Taylor beat Amanda on points at Madison Square Garden in April of last year. To defend her undisputed lightweight title, the Irish boxer won a split decision.
Serrano has fought twice since her first fight against Katie Taylor. She won the IBF featherweight title in September after defeating Sarah Mahfoud, and her victory over Erika Cruz on Saturday night made her the undisputed featherweight champion.
Amanda Serrano Defeat Erika Cruz
On Saturday night, Amanda Serrano and Erika Cruz fought for the undisputed featherweight championship at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theatre.
Serrano entered her 47th professional fight as a heavy favorite, and she came out on top. Erika Cruz (15-2, 3 KOs) was defeated for the first time in nearly seven years.
Erika’s aggressive fighting style made things difficult for Serrano in the first round. However, the Puerto Rican quickly entered the match, and the pair frequently threw punches.
Erika suffered a cut to her head in the third round as a result of an unintentional clash, and the fight was called off. Nonetheless, she fought valiantly.
Amanda was on the verge of knocking Erika out in the sixth round, but she held on to suffer her first loss in nearly seven years. Amanda stated after the match that she did not expect anything less than what her opponent gave her in the ring.
“Erika was a Mexican champion, she worked hard, that’s what we trained for. I didn’t expect anything less than what she gave me this night. They sent me back to basics, and I was listening to my corner, who asked me to go 1-2, which worked.” BBC Sports quotes Amanda Serrano.