By John J. Raspanti
IBF and WBA lightweight champion Katie Taylor was so bored during her shutout victory over Cindy Serrano, she dropped her hands and backed into the hopes, beckoning Serrano to take her best shot.
"I am just trying to enjoy myself and soak in the atmosphere,” said Taylor after the fight. “A bit of showboating is OK to do every now and again I guess, especially when there is no risk of anything really coming back”
Taylor (11-0, 5 KOs) began and ended the fight aggressively. The 32-year-old from Ireland won every round--displaying a variety of punches that had Serrano on her back foot and in a defensive position throughout the 10-round affair.
Former world champion Serrano (27-6-3, 10 KOs) couldn’t deal with Taylor’s quick hands and feet. Taylor popped her jab and fired crisp combinations. Brooklyn’s Serrano landed a glancing blow in round two, but ate three punches in return.
Taylor tattooed Serrano with various punches in round four—leaving her shaking her head at the end of the stanza.
In the later rounds, Serrano tried to time Taylor with right hands, but the shifty former gold medalist was a step ahead, moving away as the blow missed.
Taylor continued her dominance in rounds eight, nine and 10. She let her hands go on numerous occasions, but couldn’t hurt Serrano—who had been in survival mode most of the fight. Taylor would like to fight Serrano’s younger sister Amanda, who has won world titles in six different weight divisions.
“That is the biggest fight in women’s boxing at the moment and a fight I’ve always wanted," Taylor told www.bbc.com
Taylor is expected back in the ring in December.