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Katie Taylor is ready for the “greatest fight in female boxing history” at New York’s legendary Madison Square Garden

Katie Taylor wants her historic fight against Amanda Serrano at Madison Square Garden to resonate with boxing fans just as the famous clashes between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier at that venue still do more than half a century later.

This fight takes place at Madison Square Garden, the most iconic venue in boxing. The mecca of boxing, really. You think of Madison Square Garden, and you think of Muhammad Ali, Joe Frazier, those kinds of fights,” Taylor said.

“It’s years and years later, we’re still talking fights between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. I think years and years later after that fight people will still be talking about Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano.

“I feel very privileged to be in this position and to be an inspiration to the next generation and to have these young girls look up to me. It’s also a big responsibility and I want to be a good example for these young girls who are coming up.

“I want to give them hope and I want them to know that the dreams they hold in their hearts are possible.”

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Katie Taylor in training at her Connecticut base ahead of her upcoming fight with Amanda Serrano

“It’s definitely a 50-50 fight. I think a lot of people will have me and a lot of people will have them before the fight. I love being involved in fights like this.

“This fight really is the biggest fight in boxing overall right now!

“This is just a special occasion for me to referee a huge fight like this one at Madison Square Garden. It is billed as the greatest fight in women’s boxing history. It’s just incredible and a real privilege for me.

“I love being involved in fights like this. These are the challenges I’ve always wanted. I don’t think I’ve ever shied away from a challenge. I wanted to face the very best.

The media interest in Saturday week’s fight is underscored by the fact that there were more applications for media accreditations for it than Canelo Alvarez – considered the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world – and Dmitry Bivol in Las Vegas on March 7. May.

Despite being at the center of a media crush in the Big Apple next week, Taylor insists she doesn’t want to be famous and doesn’t crave media attention.

“I just want to be the best boxer in the world,” she said.

“I’m also very grateful for the women who have gone before me – the likes of Christy Martin and Deirdre Gogarty, Lucia Rijker, Laila Ali, who were pioneers in their sport.

“I don’t think I would be in the position I am in today if it weren’t for all the girls who have gone before me. I am of course very grateful for those who have gone before me.”

The fight, which is expected to draw a nearly sold-out audience of 20,000 on MSG, will be broadcast live worldwide on DAZN.

Taylor is putting her world title on the line for the sixth time against seven-weight champion Serrano, who has won 30 of her 42 contests by KO.

Ali and Frazier clashed twice in MSG. Frazier won her fight in 1971, ending Ali’s 100 percent pro record. But Ali exacted revenge in 1974 and beat Frazier again a year later in the famous “Thrilla in Manila” in the Philippines.

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