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WATCH: Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano show mutual respect during their appearance on American TV

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KATIE Taylor and Amanda Serrano wowed America’s Breakfast TV audience today with a five-minute slot on NBC’s top-rated Today Show ahead of their historic showdown at Madison Square Garden.

The two boxers, both dressed in white, were warm and respectful towards each other but promised their mutual admiration would end as soon as the bell rang on Saturday night.

With video highlights of their respective careers and stills, the pair explained the meaning of their showdown in MSG to a non-boxing audience.

“We are obviously two great champions; like you said the best in the world. We’re going to do what we have to do to win the fight,” Taylor said.

“We don’t train to lose, we train to win fights. We are both great champions. One of the reasons this fight is so special is that it’s best vs best in the world. It’s an amazing moment.”

Serrano said she always wanted to make history. “To be at this iconic event and to share the ring Kate Tayloran amazing, undisputed and undefeated champion is truly an honour.

“We are the first women to run Madison Square Garden. It’s almost sold out and they say people don’t want to see women fight. That tells you something completely different.”

Asked about her exercise regimen, Taylor said. “You have to beat your body into submission every week. That’s what you have to do to be a great champion. It’s the toughest sport in the world, but the best sport in the world.”

She explained the significance of her Olympic triumph in London almost a decade ago.

“The Olympic gold medal was a childhood dream for me. It is of course the greatest honor one can have to represent one’s country at the Olympic Games and a very, very proud moment for me.

“I’ve been blessed with a great career. But Saturday night is gonna be the best night of my life. Everything will pale in comparison to what will happen on Saturday night.”

She agreed that she sounded like she was expecting to win. “Of course I do.”

Serrano replied: “I say the same. I do this for Latinos. This is the first time that Porto Rico has an undisputed champion.

“We had champions in every weight class, so one of my goals was to become an undisputed champion. I’m a unified featherweight champion of the world. But I can do it (to become an undisputed champion) in one night so why not.”

Serrano was born in Porto Rico but moved to the United States as a young child. She grew up and still lives in Brooklyn.

When asked about their mutual respect, Serrano explained:

“Definitely this is a deal and we understand that. She has something I want and she has something she wants to keep.”

Taylor explained her family history in sports to American television audiences.

“It’s part of the blood, I guess. My father was a boxer, both my brothers boxed, my mother was the first woman boxing judge in Ireland. So I feel like I’m carrying on their pioneering spirit. So boxing was easy in my household growing up.

“When I walked into the gym when I was 9 or 10, it just grabbed my heart and immediately became my passion. I just love the sport and everything about it.”

Even though the fight is about to sell out, tickets are still available. Ringside tickets cost a staggering $2,551 each and are available as well, with tickets ranging from $41 to $60.

The fight will be streamed live on DAZN. A first monthly subscription in Ireland costs €7.99. The Taylor-Serrano Ring Walk is scheduled for Sunday morning at 3:15am (Irish time).

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