Amanda Serrano is one of the world’s most successful female boxers and in a recent interview, she expressed frustration at the exposure received by Katie Taylor and how little of it was present before her relatively recent decision to turn pro.
Speaking to BoxingScene, the decorated champion explained how her successes allow her to continue on her path no matter what the future holds for her and her Irish rival – no matter how much of a light she has shined on women’s boxing as a whole.
As a veteran of the game, Serrano gave her take on the previously slow growth of the female side of the sport before Taylor’s rise.
“I don’t dictate my life and career around Katie Taylor. I’ve been around the pro game a long time and I’m just going to continue to live my life, do my career and leave my legacy and continue to break records and do what I need to do.
I’ve been fighting for 12 years and I’ve been a pro for 10 years and now that Katie Taylor’s in the sport, now people want to open their minds and their pockets for female fighters. It’s not fair.” (via The42.ie)
Serrano has compiled a highly impressive and ruthlessly effective pro-record of (35-1-1, 27 KO’s) and has held a world-title in six different weight divisions.
Despite the massive success and exposure that Taylor has been able to enjoy since turning pro, Amanda continued on to explain how women’s boxing is more than the Bray-native.
“The sport of female boxing isn’t Katie Taylor.
“We’ve been around here for so long and now that’s all they want to talk about.”
“I don’t want all my sacrifices to be defined by a Katie Taylor. I sacrificed my body and I put my life on hold for my career and for myself. Everybody’s talking about Katie Taylor, and she’s just another girl.
“I’m not gonna be sitting around waiting for Katie Taylor. I’m going to continue to break records and leave my own legacy and do my own career.”
The two do seem to be on a collision course and while it is unclear at present when their eventual super-fight will take place, if one thing is for certain, it’s that it will no doubt be one of the biggest combat sporting spectacles of the year when it does.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena