‘Katie is a more versatile fighter’ – Hall of Famer boxers back Taylor to remain undefeated at the Garden


Two Hall of Fame boxers assisted Katie Taylor in defeating Amanda Serrano in her lightweight world championship showdown at Madison Square Garden over the weekend.

Eirdre Gogarty, Ireland’s first professional world champion, and British pioneer Jane Couch both believe Taylor can match her unbeaten professional record and successfully defend her undisputed status for a sixth time.

“I just think Katie is a more versatile fighter,” suggests Gogarty, who now lives in the US. “She’s better on her feet and I just think technically she has more ability. But it will be a struggle.”

“Serrano will have to come at her very aggressively and I imagine she will try to take Katie out of her game. But that will play right into Katie’s hands.

“She boxes very well against aggressive opponents, I think she will win on points,” said Gogarty, who was Katie Taylor’s inspiration when she began her career in her hometown of Bray.

A 12-year-old Katie wrote a letter to Gogarty expressing admiration for what she was doing to promote boxing and lamenting the fact that she was not allowed to box officially at the time.

She later visited Pete Gogarty with her father when Deirdre holidayed back in Ireland.

“We talked about women’s boxing. She had the same problems I had growing up in Ireland; try to get fights.

“I just told her to move on if she loves it. Eventually their skills would be recognized.

“I said someone would give her a chance as long as she was technically healthy. I figured they couldn’t refuse her a chance once they saw her perform.

“I watched most of their pro fights on TV. She is a very good fighter, a natural.”

Jane Couch, too, believes Taylor will have too much strength for Serrano, who has struggled twice as often as a pro as Taylor with just one loss early in her career. “Serrano is more natural at a lighter weight,” she suggested.

In 2015, Gogarty was inducted into the International Women’s Boxing Hall of Fame in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. A year later, she was joined by Jane Couch.

Regardless of the outcome of Saturday night’s fight, Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano will be recognized for their historic role as the first female fighters at New York’s iconic Madison Square Garden for years to come. ‘Katie is a more versatile fighter’ – Hall of Famer boxers back Taylor to remain undefeated at the Garden

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