Katie Taylor wants “the big names, the big fights” and wants to extend her iconic career by taking on her longtime rival Amanda Serrano.
Taylor retained her undisputed lightweight championship after fighting an exciting battle with Natasha Jonas on Saturday by unanimous decision.
Now unbeaten in 18 years as a pro, she told Sky Sports News on Sunday morning: “There are still huge fights against Jessica McCaskill and Amanda Serrano.
“There is no easy fight at this point in your career.
“I want the big names, I want the big fights. There are big names out there.
“I really want to fight against the best. That’s why I’m in this sport.
“I don’t see the point of dodging anyone or picking and picking opponents.
“I want the best because they bring out the best in me.
“This is what greatness looks like.”
Taylor defeated McCaskill in 2017, but the Chicago fighter has since grown into the undisputed welterweight championship twice defeating previously undefeated Cecilia Braekhus.
New York-based Serrano, whom Taylor was scheduled to fight, won world championships in seven weight divisions and is a 42-fight veteran.
Serrano posted on social media during Taylor’s victory on Saturday night: “I’m not sure Jonas watched [Taylor’s fights with Delfine Persoon], you must make war on Taylor. She’s quick like me but gets hit. “
The latest victory in Taylor’s pioneering career closed the door to her rivalry with Jonas that started with amateurs.
Taylor beat Jonas at the 2012 Olympics en route to gold in a game that broke the Games record for the loudest crowd atmosphere of all events.
She said of retaining her world titles: “It was a great fight and I’m just happy to wake up as the world champion this morning.
“A phenomenal fight. Thanks to Tasha for bringing her a match.
“Every time we box, we steal the show!
“I was expecting a tough 10-round battle and that’s what it was.
“It was in the air halfway through. But I won the championship heats – the eighth, ninth and 10th.
“I had to show a lot of heart and courage. Her too. The last rounds have been crucial.
“I was never injured in the fight. I didn’t care about his power.
“She obviously caught me with a few shots but I was never hurt or worried at any time.”
When asked how she persevered when the fight was so close, Taylor said, “Willingness to win. I knew I needed the championship heats. [Trainer Ross Enamait] said to me: “You need these three towers”.
“I left everything in the ring. I came out still undefeated and unchallenged.
“It was a great showcase for women’s boxing – for boxing in general. We stole the show.”