Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano was undoubtedly the most successful match in women’s history. It sold a reported 1.5 million PPVs, which was the highest in women’s boxing history. Subsequently, it was also the first time two women were bestowed upon the honor of being the main event at Madison Square Garden. After this success, many fans expected a rematch.
After their lightweight bout where Katie Taylor got the best of Amanda Serrano in their 10-round slugfest, the latter returned to the featherweight division. There, she became the undisputed featherweight champion after consecutive wins over Sarah Mahfoud and Erika Cruz. Conversely, Taylor also had to defend her title in the lightweight division in October.
Eventually, the fans had their wish granted in February at New York’s Hulu theater, where Serrano defeated Erika Cruz, and added the WBA featherweight title to her roster. Katie Taylor, who was in attendance at the fight, participated in the post-fight discussion. Finally, it was announced a rematch between the two superstars of the game, possibly in Dublin, Ireland. The fight was eventually confirmed for May 20. Unfortunately, the fans had their newfound excitement snuffed almost the moment it began.
Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano 2 postponed due to injury
The rematch between the two was called off on account of an injury to the Puerto Rican Amanda Serrano. The extent and nature of the injury were unclear at that moment.
But Promoters Matchroom Sport and Most Valuable Promotions announced, “Due to an injury sustained by Amanda Serrano, Matchroom Boxing, and Most Valuable Promotions regret to announce that the Taylor-Serrano II bout on May 20 in Dublin will not go ahead as planned. The teams are in discussions about finding a revised date for the bout.”
‼️ The Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano rematch is now POSTPONED and won’t take place on May 20th as Serrano has pulled out due to injury.
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) February 28, 2023
A source close to ESPN elucidated that Serrano sustained an injury to her hand during her fight against Miriam Gutierrez in December 2021. Even though she never required surgery, the subsequent pain halted her boxing for the time being.
After adequate rest, the hand has healed as she looks to take on Heather Hardy on the August 5th on the same card as Nate Diaz vs Jake Paul. There she will defend her WBC, IBO, WBO, IBF, WBA, and The Ring Female titles in a 10-round featherweight bout.
Subsequent victory over Hardy will put Serrano back on her quest for a rematch with Taylor. Obstacles are to be expected, but the boxing world will hold its breath and wish for an outcome to recreate the “best fight of 2022 among women,” as declared by ESPN.