Amanda Serrano injured, Katie Taylor rematch postponed

By Boxing News - 02/28/2023 - Comments

By Barry Holbrook: Amanda Serrano has suffered an undisclosed injury, resulting in a postponement of her May 20th rematch with undisputed female lightweight champion Katie Taylor in Dublin, Ireland.

Moments ago, Matchroom Boxing revealed the news of the 34-year-old Serrano’s injury, saying that talks are underway between the teams for a “revised date for the bout.” 

The Taylor vs. Serrano II rematch is being talked about being moved to September, which is a lengthy postponement, for sure, but we don’t know what the extent of Amanda’s injury.

For the fight to be pushed back all the way to September suggests that Serrano’s injury is a serious one that will take time to come back from.

Serrano took huge punishment against Erika Cruz

Given the grueling bloodbath that Serrano was recently involved in with her successful title defense of her IBF, IBO, WBO & Ring Magazine featherweight belts against Erika Cruz on February 4th, it’s not a surprise that she’s suffered an injury.

“Due to an injury sustained by Amanda Serrano, Matchroom Boxing and Most Valuable Promotions regret to announce that the Taylor-Serrano II bout on May 20 in Dublin will not go ahead as planned. The teams are in discussions about finding a revised date for the bout. Further details will follow in due course.”

Serrano took an enormous amount of punishment from the younger, more powerful upset-minded Cruz in that fight, and it would be asking a lot of her to bounce back from that war to face a master boxer like the unbeaten four-belt lightweight champion Taylor (22-0, 6 KOs) in just three months after that fight.

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In looking at that fight, Serrano took far more punishment against Cruz than she did against the 36-year-old Taylor last April in their bout at Madison Square Garden in New York. Taylor won a questionable 10 round split decision that many boxing fans disagreed with.

For her part, Taylor had a relatively easy time defeating a badly overmatched and underpowered Karen Elizabeth Carabajal by a lopsided 10 round unanimous decision last October at the SSE Arena in London.

It would be good for Taylor to take a stay-busy right in the interim while waiting for Serrano to heal up, but it’s unlikely to happen. With the huge money on the line for the Taylor-Serrano rematch, it would be too risky for Taylor to take a tune-up to stay busy while she’s waiting until September.