“I think this is one of those fights that make history. The sport, male or female, has never seen a fight like this before,” 35-year-old Taylor told CNN Sport reporter Don Riddle.
“I feel like after Saturday night, people will be talking about myself and Amanda Serrano in the years and years to come.”
The “World’s Most Famous Arena” will be a suitable place for battle between the best in the world; Both ESPN and DAZN took Taylor first and second in Serrano.
This will be the first boxing fight between the first and second seed since 2008, when Mane Pacquiao defeated Juan Manuel Marquez. The fight will be broadcast exclusively by DAZN starting at 7:30 PM ET.
Taylor, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist (20-0, 6 knockout) is putting her light-duty WBA, IBF, WBO, WBC and The Ring titles on the line. 33-year-old Serrano (42-1-1, 30 knockout), has claimed world titles in seven weight classes ranging from 115 to 140 pounds. Last year, she successfully defended the WBO and WBC featherweight titles.
“We are two great champions in our prime, and this fight is going to be amazing,” Taylor said. “I think stylistically, we might do a pretty good job together. She’s obviously a very aggressive fighter and I am so, I think it will be a very exciting fight. I can’t wait.”
Knowing your value
There was a time when Taylor thought this fight would never happen.
It was previously set May 2, 2020 but has been postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. When it came time to reschedule, Taylor and Cyrano decided to fight for a bigger payday, delaying the match even more.
“You obviously know your value when you are able to sell yards and sell stadiums. We are both in a position where we can do that, not just selling a stadium but selling Madison Square Garden, which Taylor said.
Speaking to MMA Hour in January, Jake Paul confirmed that both boxers would earn seven numbers in a bout. In 2021, Puerto Rican Serrano, who lives in Brooklyn, signed with Paul’s company, Most Valuable Promotions, which is involved in promoting the fight with Matchroom Sport.
As a longtime leader in the sport, securing her own pay day isn’t enough for Taylor – she wants her success to start spreading throughout women’s boxing.
“I feel like we’ve covered a lot of things over the past few years in terms of paycheck and wallets, but I still feel like we still have a long way to go, too,” she told CNN.
“It’s not okay that only Amanda and I are getting paid big, but that has to carry over to other female fighters as well and I hope that happens.”
Taylor and Cyrano are widely credited with the recent rise in the popularity of women’s boxing. Since turning professional in 2016, Taylor has seen major changes in her sport.
“When I first became professional six years ago, it was very unusual to see a female fighting on a card, but now you see female fights on every boxing card, and you see female fighters as household names as well, which is absolutely incredible,” Taylor said.
“I think for the first time, people actually see the best in women’s boxing. They see the best versus the best and just the skill that’s really involved.”
As Taylor grew up, he looked to Christy Martin and Deidre Gugarty for in-ring cast. Now, being at the forefront of her sport, Taylor knows she is an inspiration to young female boxers.
“It’s definitely a huge responsibility, it’s also like a privilege to me. Wanting to have that impact and influence is an absolute privilege. I feel very fortunate and blessed to be in this position.” said Taylor, who grew up in Bray, near Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.
“When I started boxing at the age of ten or eleven, there were no female fighters at all in the country, and when I walked into every boxing gym now in Ireland, every gym was full of female fighters; and the talent I see, they are great stars in the making. For me This is the most satisfying part of this journey.”