Amanda Serrano did her part Saturday to prepare for the richest fight in women’s boxing history.
The unified featherweight champion earned a 10-round unanimous decision over Miriam Gutiérrez, which kept her in line to fight undefeated and undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor (20-0, six KOs) in New York in 2022. Serrano (42-1-1) 30 KOs) is eager to step up in class, not to mention income level.
“It’s the mega fight in women’s boxing,” Serrano said after her victory on the undercard of the rematch between Jake Paul and Tyron Woodley in Tampa, Florida. champion and a) world champion of seven divisions faced and I think that’s the mega fight for women.
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“I think we’re going to blow those roofs off for women’s boxing. A seven-figure payday for the two of us, Madison Square Garden, the big theater, the main event. I mean, it’s going to be an incredible night.”
Paul was clear about how big of a fight he thinks it is.
“That’s its own main event, for sure,” she said, “and I’m very excited. I’m going to do everything in my power to make that fight the biggest women’s boxing match in the history of the sport.” Serrano signed with Paul’s fledgling Most Valuable Promotions on September 30. She made her debut as an MVP fighter on Saturday.
Taylor was left in place a week earlier with a unanimous decision over Firuza Sharipova in Liverpool, England. She wasn’t thrilled with the way he fought. She hinted that she was looking at Serrano:
“It was not a masterclass by any means. But all I had to do was get the win and I’m looking for bigger names next year.” Taylor said, according to DAZN News.
Bigger names, bigger check
The supposed bag of Serrano vs. Taylor is unprecedented in women’s boxing. Serrano and Heather Hardy spoke to Sporting News in 2018 about how little money female wrestlers are paid. Serrano even became an MMA fighter to earn extra money.
“If I had earned the respect and money the girls deserve, I would have stayed in the box,” Serrano said at the time. “To be a boxer, you have to have a 9 to 5 (job), and it sucks because boxing is a dangerous sport. You have to focus completely. You can’t just say after work (that) you” are going to train. Female boxers have to have an extra income. “
At the time, she was working full time as a boxing coach in New York.
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He is now fighting Paul, who is an outspoken advocate of improving fighter pay.
“I was scheduled to fight Katie Taylor a couple of years ago and I’m telling you that the fight they offered us did not come close to what we are getting now,” he said, “and I think Jake Paul has definitely helped pull it off.” that. What he brings to boxing is something new, something exciting. “
And Paul says he’s excited that Serrano, whom he called a “superstar” and an “amazing person,” is finally getting paid.
“It’s very satisfying because she deserves the money and the notoriety more than I do,” he said. “He has invested thousands and hundreds of hours in the gym and he deserves the big payday he will receive. And he deserves to be able to retire from boxing.”
“- And not working again,” interjected Paul’s advisor, Nakisa Bidarian.
“Yes, and I will not work again,” Paul continued, “and unfortunately that has not been the case in women’s boxing. They have been underpaid and taken advantage of.”
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In April, Taylor told “The Ak & Barak Show” on DAZN that he “would love” to face Serrano in a fight that has been in the works for more than three years. “Obviously it’s a fight that a lot of people would look forward to. She’s a great fighter. I think it’s a genuine 50-50 fight,” Taylor said.
A big obstacle, as in most megafights, is television. Serrano has been fighting on Showtime. Taylor, one of Matchroom’s biggest stars, fights on DAZN.
“I’m not really in charge of that. I’m a fighter. I fight wherever the fights are,” Serrano said.
If a deal is reached, Serrano will fight at home next year, for a lot of money.
Karisa Maxwell contributed to this report.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.