KATIE Taylor and Amanda Serrano successfully weighed in ahead of their mega fight at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
The undefeated Taylor, who will defend her undisputed lightweight title for the sixth time, weighed in at 134.6 pounds.
Serrano, who has fought at weights as diverse as super flyweight and light welterweight, was exactly a pound lighter at 133.6. The lightweight limit is 135 pounds.
There was a jolly atmosphere at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden as thousands of Irish and Puerto Rican fans attended the public weigh-in.
It is estimated that 4,000 fans made the journey from Ireland for the sell-out contest between the world number one and world number two pound-for-pound fighters.
Taylor said she wanted to hear the words at the end of tomorrow’s fight… “still the world lightweight champion.” She was introduced by Irish wrestling star Becky Lynch, who stated that the “fighting Irish take over”.
Everything is now set for the competition in which Taylor, despite not having been beaten since turning pro in 2016, is the bookies’ underdog.
She insists her training camp in Connecticut went “brilliantly” under the supervision of trainer Ross Enamait. Irish fighters Amy Broadhurst and Myles Casey were flown to the US to fight with Taylor.
They were specifically chosen to mimic the style of Amanda Serrano boxing from a southpaw stance. In the past, some of Taylor’s most difficult opponents, stretching back to the 2012 Olympic finals, have been left-handed.
Taylor and Serrano have met numerous times during fight week and there is no visible animosity between them.
But Taylor insisted their relationship was purely professional.
“Well, I haven’t sat down with her for dinner, but obviously you deal with her at press conferences. She seems very respectful. She seems like a great person.
“I have no ill will toward her. She’s only here to fight too. I don’t think she’s a trash talker in any way. She says she’s only here on business.”
Both come from working-class backgrounds and from countries that, despite their size, have rich boxing traditions.
“It’s weird that we come from two very small nations that are very strong boxing nations. She comes from the heritage of Miguel Cotto and Felix Trinidad. I come from the likes of Barry McGuigan, Steve Collins and Wayne McCullough.
“There are definitely a lot of similarities between us. There are also many differences. But we both love our sport. We have nothing that is certain of us. We worked very hard behind the scenes for many years.
“I don’t think any of us really care about the media side of things, but we’re only interested in being the best fighter in the world.
“She’s also been under the radar for a long time, and that’s her moment on Saturday night.”
https://www.independent.ie/sport/other-sports/boxing/katie-taylor/we-havent-got-anything-handed-to-us-katie-taylor-relishing-showdown-with-serrano-as-fighters-weigh-in-41601709.html ‘We got nothing’ – Katie Taylor enjoys the showdown with Serrano as the fighters intervene