Natasha Jonas Predicts Winner For Historic Katie Taylor vs Amanda Serrano Fight

In New York this weekend, the biggest women's fight ever will take place at MSG
18:00, 29 Apr 2022

This weekend for the first time in history, two women will headline a show at Madison Square Garden. The Mecca of boxing will host the biggest women’s fight in the history of the sport as Katie Taylor takes on Amanda Serrano and The Sportsman caught up with Natasha Jonas on the Lightweight Boxing Show for her predictions. 

Having taken Taylor the distance in May last year, Jonas knows how tough a fighter she is in the ring, but despite this, she is backing Serrano to edge a close contest. 

“Sometimes on the scoring, the Americans prefer aggression,” she told Anthony Crolla and Dom McGuiness. “I do think Serrano will be aggressive. I don't think Katie will have to hunt for her. I think she goes and puts it on her and sees what happens. There isn't a style that Katie hasn't fought, there isn't a person fast, slow, counter-puncher, aggressive, tall, small, there isn't a person she hasn't fought in amateurs or professional. 

“Sometimes it's hard to bet against her. That being said, I just do think Serrano is wrong for her. I don't think either of them stop either of them. It goes the distance. I think it is potentially a close one to Serrano.”

Taylor is currently undefeated in her 20 professional fights and is used to going the distance, with 14 of those wins coming via decision. But she has struggled more against southpaws than orthodox boxers, something Jonas believes Serrano can exploit. 

“I do think if there is an Achilles’ Heel [for Taylor] it is a southpaw. You can draw her into a fight as we've seen with Serrano, she is a come forward aggressive southpaw, she's not a Lomachenko or a lazy person like myself, counter-punching. 

“She'll go for you and be aggressive and I think you can draw Katie into a fight that way. She has done MMA before, she has been around a very long time, that's experience, that's toughness. Taylor may not have ever come across that before. You are getting hit with those elbows.  I've done a bit of training with [Meatball] Molly and I swear, I sparred once and I couldn't walk for two days. When that happening and you are training for fights and preparing yourself for those five minute rounds, that is a different type of hard.”

Taylor already has experience of fighting and beating one member of the Serrano family as she out-fought Cindy, Amanda’s older sister, sending her into retirement at the age of 35. However, Jonas believes that fight holds little relevance for what we will see this weekend.

“I mean, you can always live and hope,” she laughed. “We hoped Callum [Smith] would beat Canelo for Liam's sake. I don't think that will be at the forefront of her mind, she is going to do a job for herself and perform the best she can without the extra added pressure. Sometimes people look for a coincidence or something to jump on, a storyline. I don't think she will be worried about that, she'll be focussing on herself and getting in the best condition she can be in to do the unthinkable.”

Despite predicting a Serrano win, the Liverpudlian is well aware of just how big this fight is for women’s boxing, and the impact Katie Taylor has had on the sport. 

“It's massive,” she concludes. “Katie's paved the way in a lot of things we have done and opened many doors and let us follow in her footsteps. I think as female athletes we always knew how good it was, we just needed the world and the platform and the stage to do it. 

“There's no bigger stage, we are talking about boxing Mecca here, the MSG. Not the little room, the big room. To be able to headline that, is setting the standard for other promoters, other platforms to follow. It proves what we have been saying all along. At its best, women's boxing is just as good as the mens. People are now buying into that. There is no 'it's a women' - it's just boxing. If you appreciate boxing, then you want to see it at its best level.”

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