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Cindy Serrano claims Katie Taylor is scared to fight her sister ahead of October scrap

The elder Serrano sister will aim to derail Taylor’s best laid plans in October.

Image: Amanda Serrano

CINDY SERRANO MIGHT not share the all-time great accolades with her younger sister, Amanda, but the 36-year-old former WBO World featherweight champion from Puerto Rico is confident she can spring a monumental upset of Katie Taylor in Chicago in October.

Ireland’s Taylor [9-0, 4KOs] must first defend her IBF and WBA world titles versus American Kimberly Connor in London on the 28th of this month, but if successful will square off with the elder Serrano sister just nine weeks later.

Taylor has made no bones about the fact that a fight with five-weight world champion, ‘The Real Deal’ Amanda [34-1-1, 26KOs], is one of her top priorities as a professional.

However, in order to secure the much sought-after women’s superfight she will need to overcome Cindy [27-5-3, 10KOs] in the Windy City, on what will be Eddie Hearn and Matchroom’s first U.S. show as part of their $1bn deal with streaming service DAZN.

Undefeated since 2012 when she ended a six-fight run without victory, the older Serrano is adamant that she can curtail any talk of Taylor facing her sister in what would be a seminal fight for the women’s professional ranks.

Speaking to BoxingScene, she claimed that, despite the fact she’s coming up two divisions to challenge unified lightweight champion Taylor, her previous fights up at welterweight and light-middle will see to it that she’s well able to endure whatever Taylor unleashes upon her in Chicago.

She also claimed that Taylor has been consistently shirking a fight with Amanda Serrano.

“I am happy for this great challenge,” she said. “I know that they are underestimating me and believe that I am easy but if they look at my record, they can see that I have fought with bigger girls and I’ve faced them at 147 and 154 pounds.

“When I faced Ann Sophie Mathis in France”, Serrano continued, “she had a record of 24 wins and one loss with 21 knockouts and they thought that, because the fight was taking place at 147 pounds and I have never fought at that weight, they were going to knock me out. And it was not like that.

My sister Amanda has been challenging Taylor for several months and she didn’t want to fight her.

Amanda, for her part, seemed to indicate similarly upon the announcement of her sister’s fight with Taylor.

She did, however, tweet a picture of herself and Taylor shortly afterwards, once more calling for a fight with her fellow female boxing great.


Taylor, meanwhile, must first get the job done against world-ranked American veteran Connor on Saturday week as expected.

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