The undisputed lightweight championship of the world is on the line in what will be a huge main event in front of a huge New York crowd.
Taylor holds all the belts at 135 pounds, but now faces the toughest test of her career, two years into the mega-fight. Covid put an end to those plans, with the fight bubbling in the background ever since and the rivals will finally go head-to-head.
Her belts and an unbeaten pro record will be on the line for Taylor, although the 35-year-old had a chance to pick up the win on her last visit to New York. On Anthony Joshua’s undercard against Andy Ruiz Jr, Taylor went undisputed at lightweight with a points victory over Delfine Persoon, who many believed should have made the decision. Taylor has since beaten the Belgian again.
Serrano holds an unrivaled set of records, winning nine world titles in seven incredible weight classes. The 33-year-old has been a professional since 2009 and lost a loss to Frida Wallberg in 2012. She has been perfect ever since and currently holds the WBC, WBO and IBO featherweight belts.
Taylor vs Serrano date, start time, location and ring walks
Taylor vs Serrano takes place tonight, April 30, 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The main undercard is due to start at 12:30 a.m. BST, with ringside walks for the main event scheduled for around 3:15 a.m.
As always, these times are subject to change depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
Taylor vs Serrano fight card / full undercard
Also on tonight’s card, Liverpool’s Liam Smith returns to the ring for the first time since beating Anthony Fowler in October. He’s in a tough fight against Jessie Vargas, who has been out of action for over two years since losing to Mikey Garcia on points.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic gold medalist Galal Yafai, who won the WBC International flyweight belt on his professional debut earlier this year, is defending that belt against Miguel Cartagena as he looks to continue his rapid rise in the professional ranks.
There is also another massive undisputed fight over the bill. Franchon Crews-Dezurn, who in her first professional fight lost to Claressa Shields, puts her WBC and WBO super middleweight belts on the line against WBA and IBF champion Elin Cederroos.
Katie Taylor vs. Amanda Serrano
Jessie Vargas vs. Liam Smith
Franchon Crews-Dezurn vs. Elin Cederroos
Galal Yafai vs. Miguel Cartagena
Austin Williams vs. Chordale Booker
Reshat Mati vs. Joe Eli Hernandez
Skye Nicolson vs. Shanecqua Paisley Davis
Khalil Coe vs. William Langston
Where to watch Taylor vs. Serrano
TV channel: Taylor vs Serrano airs live tonight on sports video streaming service DAZN. A subscription to DAZN currently costs £7.99 per month in the UK.
The service can be viewed on smart TVs in addition to other devices such as computers, mobiles, game consoles and tablets.
Direct: You can also follow the entire card via Standard Sport’s dedicated live fight night blog.
Taylor vs Serrano fight prediction
It would be fair to say that Taylor hasn’t been at his best in his last fights. She defended her belts with a narrow points victory over Natasha Jonas, before two below par performances against Firuza Sharipov and Jennifer Han.
Promoter Eddie Hearn was adamant after those two fights that Taylor wasn’t on the slide and the issue was just motivation – it won’t be an issue against Serrano.
Should victory come for Taylor, she is unlikely to be inside the distance. All of his last seven wins have been by points, with just six by stoppage in his career. She kept faith in the style of boxing that served her so well as an amateur.
Serrano, meanwhile, certainly has that knockout power, with 30 of her 42 pro wins by stoppage. While her last fight went the distance, against Miriam Gutierrez in December, her opponent’s incredibly swollen face showed just how punishing it can be to share a ring with Serrano.
While Taylor can take the early rounds with her sleek style, she will be taken down later in the fight if she starts to tire as she has at times done in her recent fights, with Serrano carrying her power through all ten rounds. .
Both fighters may be too good to stop and may get in trouble at times in the fight, but Taylor will likely have a slight advantage if he goes the distance as expected.
Taylor to win on points, split decision.
Weight Taylor vs. Serrano
Taylor holds a slight weight advantage after hitting 134.6 pounds on Friday, with Serrano at 133.6 pounds.
Undercard weigh-in results:
Jessie Vargas 153 lbs vs Liam Smith 154 lbs
Franchon Crews Dezurn 166.8lbs vs. Elin Cederroos 167.8lbs
Galal Yafai 111.8 pounds against Miguel Cartagena 110.4 pounds
Austin Williams 158.8 lbs vs. Chordale Booker 157.4 lbs
Reshat Mati 143.8 pounds vs. Joe Eli Hernandez 144.2 pounds
Taylor vs. Serrano Wallet
Both fighters are guaranteed seven-figure salaries for tonight’s main event, plus their share of pay-per-view money.
Promoters Eddie Hearn and Jake Paul also made a bet worth $1 million on their respective fighters. Paul pledged to give the money to Serrano if she won.
Taylor vs. Serrano Odds
Taylor to win: 6/5
Serrano win: 8/11
Taylor wins by decision/technical decision: 8/5
Taylor wins via KO, TKO or DQ: 8/1
Serrano win by decision/technical decision: 8/5
Serrano wins via KO, TKO or DQ: 4/1
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).