Easily the biggest women’s fight in boxing will headline the evening of April 30th from the world’s most famous arena Madison Square Garden as two of the very best Katie Taylor and Amanda Serrano look to make history.
Katie Taylor: (+115)
Amanda Serrano (-145)
It is very uncommon to see a defending champion as the underdog especially when she opened up as the favorite. The undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor is looking to extend her undefeated streak as she meets the ultra-talented Amanda Serrano in a fight for all of Taylor’s titles. Katie Taylor has built up a solid record and has quietly collected one title after another at lightweight over the past several years to call herself the one and only undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight champion. While she is starting to get older and will be 36 in July, she is still a great fighter despite the small question marks through her past few fights which has seen her have issues with pace.
As for her opponent Amanda Serrano she has just about done it all. The only female to win championships in more than four weight classes with nine major world titles won in seven different weight classes setting herself up in the Guinness World Records. She has achieved success in mixed martial arts and professional wrestling as well but it is her boxing talent which has allowed her to achieve her glory.
The matchup is a very tricky one and the betting odds reflect that. I cannot question anyone’s intellect for who they choose to pick and bet in this fight as it is as close to a 50/50 fight as you will see in boxing. Though Serrano opened up as an underdog and has since become a favorite I think part of that reasoning is her additional major exposure to the public and media ever since partnering with Jake Paul and his MVP Promotions. I could be wrong on that because she is a relentless fighter with incredible aggression, pace, and good punching power in volume. Her record speaks for itself with 42 wins, 30 finishes, and just one defeat. I think the fight will be close early on and has chances to widen the gap depending on how well the defending champion can deal with Serrano’s volume and quickness. I could also see Taylor just edging her out in close rounds by getting the better of the exchanges. I do think Serrano has the momentum on her side and is surging with all of the success, attention, and readiness to win on the big stage in the biggest fight of her career. It is a little difficult to see a finish in this fight as I think both fighters will proceed with some caution and try to avoid putting themselves at risk in such a high risk, high reward fight. If a finish were to happen I think Serrano would be the victor in the second half of the fight around maybe the ninth or tenth round with her volume of big punches taking a major effect on Taylor. For now I have to side with Serrano by decision as it seems a bit more likely than a knockout finish.
Prop: Amanda Serrano Wins By Decision (+195)
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