Over the years, the biggest ever match in women’s boxing between the world’s No. 1 and 2 boxers is the one that will make not only boxing history but women’s sports history as well. . MSG fought thousands of battles during its illustrious years, which began more than a century ago on July 17, 1882; Now, 140 years later, this bout finally marks the first time two female boxers have fought in a combat sports event at the ‘World’s Most Famous Arena’.
Irish icon Taylor (20-0 6 KOs) won all of the Lightweight titles for the sixth time since winning in June 2019 in a fight with Delfine Persoon and saw off the Belgian in a rematch in London. England before repelling the challenges of Miriam Gutierrez, Natasha Jonas, Jennifer Han and Firuza Sharipova – and spiced up the fight when Taylor won over Cindy, Amanda’s sister, in Boston in October 2018.
Puerto Rican sensation Serrano (42-1-1 30 KOs) has an unparalleled legacy in the sport as the seventh-weight World champion. The Brooklyn champion entered the big game in sparkling form after knocking out Daniela Bermudez last March, overtaking Yamileth Mercado in August and overwhelming Miriam Gutierrez in two separate hands with the participation. by Jake Paul. Amanda is DAZN, ESPN and WBC’s Best Female Fighter of 2021, among others.
Taylor and Serrano went face-to-face at MSG today for the first time since the fight was announced, and had the following to say:
Katie Taylor – undisputed world lightweight champion
“I have my eyes on Amanda Serrano and this is the match I have been looking forward to for quite some time.
“This is history right here and all of our hard work will pay off at this point.
“I think this fight is the most exciting fight in sports, not just women’s boxing. This is truly the best fight in boxing right now.
“We are both great champions, she has a great record and she is a great fighter. We’ve seen people like McCaskill and others; But I want to be the best boxer.”
Amanda Serrano – world champion seven pounds
“There is no better time than now. Happy Women and Girls in Sports Day… Women, we are changing the sport. I am honored to share the ring with Katie Taylor.
“I have to thank my coach for not accepting the first fights. He knows what I’m worth and now we’re working with the MVP.
“I don’t need to speak ill of any of my opponents. I do all my talking inside the ring.
“For 13 years, I’ve been working professionally and every day I want to quit… I never imagined earning the money I have today. I mean, title about MSG, like? “
Eddie Hearn – president, Matchroom Sport
“Welcome to the iconic Madison Square Garden in New York for the historic occasion, April 30, of MSG boxing’s undisputed women’s lightweight world championship in Mecca. For the first time in the 140-year history of boxing and combat sports, two women appear here.
“This will not only be the biggest women’s fight of all time but also one of the greatest fights of all time. Katie Taylor attracts a lot of attention in Ireland and the UK, Amanda in the US, both women are celebrities of major world events.
“We expect to completely fill the Garden, an unbelievable opportunity has been scheduled for April 30, when double world champion Jessie Vargas will replace Liam Smith from Liverpool. The undisputed super-middleweight world championship between Crews-Dezurn and Cederroos is also on the card, as are many more to come.
“Thanks to everyone for their support, this is like an iconic moment for the sport of boxing, a moment for which so many of us have worked so hard. As Jake said earlier, with great warriors that came before them, we now celebrate Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano, who will make history here at Madison Square Garden on April 30.”
Jake Paul – co-founder of Most Valuable Promotions, professional boxer and content creator
“It is an honor to be here at historic Madison Square Garden, and I want to say a big thank you to Jim Dolan and the entire MSG team for making history with us – it’s real.
“Women have been boxing since the early 1900s, but it wasn’t until 1999 that they could compete professionally. 23 years later, here we are with one of the biggest fights ever mentioned by two women at Madison Square Garden.
“Today is about Amanda and Katie, the two best female boxers in the world right now, they deserve this ring, this historic payday and they deserve to settle on who is the best pounder. Most of all, that’s why I’m so excited to watch this match. .
“It’s also about Anne Wolf, Christine Martin, Leila Ali, Mia St. John and so many other legendary boxers helped lay the groundwork for the ladies sitting here today. It’s about Clarissa Shields, Mikaela Mayer, Alycia Baumgardner and other great professionals currently in the sport. Above all, it is about future women and girls around the world who will see April 30 as the moment to make the impossible possible, equally as it is. ”
“It is an honor to be here with Eddie Hearn, Matchroom Boxing, DAZN, MSG, we are grateful to Katie Taylor and the team here for their commitment to making this fight possible. Above all, of course, we are proud to stand with Amanda Serrano, the superstar, a woman who has dedicated her life to boxing. Now it’s time to start showing the commitment she’s made and showing the world how important women’s boxing is to the likes of bob Arum, who missed out earlier this week. He’s going to eat his word on April 30th and see what impact this fight has, I’m happy to be here and let’s make history.
“I am a fighting fan, I love boxing and I have been passionate about boxing for a long time. When I met Amanda Serrano and I heard her story and how hard she worked, I saw how hard she was trained, how she was paid every penny in dollars and benefited. from people in their profession. She needs help and guidance, to be put on a pedestal – she’s a superstar. I am very happy to be a promoter for Paul and we will probably sit next to each other a few more times in the future. I will always stay in the sport and push boxing to be a better place. ”
Joe Markowski – EVP, DAZN
“For us it was the perfect event, you’ve got two of the top female boxers in the world, for our business in the UK and Ireland this is a huge opportunity and all The same is true in the US. This is part of a really strong spring schedule that hopefully working with Matchroom and Golden Boy we will be able to add in the coming weeks. “
“A huge opportunity for us, a lot of noise about this being a historic women’s boxing event, for us this makes great business sense. It is a great opportunity for sport and women’s sport in general to stop, acknowledge and celebrate the advances being made in women’s sport. “
“Yourself [Eddie] and Matchroom have been a longtime proponent of that, I think everything Jake, Nakisa and MVP are doing to support this will bring long overdue eyeballs. From our broader global business beyond boxing, we know that when the media and industries surrounding sports go after women’s sport, the eyeballs come and they stay. . The quality of competition is the same as in men’s sport in the vast majority of cases”.
“We are very excited about that, I think there is a huge opportunity for all of us here and the people we work with in our business and our partners to use the two next month to make this a moment and a celebration – everyone at DAZN will work towards it. ”
Joel Fisher – EVP Event, MSG Marquee
“The reception and reaction to the fight when it was announced was unbelievable, people were really supportive, so I want to thank everyone for that. There’s no better place for this fight then Madison Square Garden, to make history this is a long overdue fight and a mecca of boxing. This is where all the famous fighters, the biggest battles in the world took place, this is history, we are talking about history. ”
“I’m sure this fight between Amanda and Katie will really turn into something else, something remarkable, it’s not just a great and historic battle, first noticed. for The Garden, it’s also a great fight that the people in boxing want to see. Forget women in general, this is just a great fight and it’s going to be a horrible night. “