Female Fight News July 30, 2018 Katie Taylor Defeats Another 8 to 1 Underdog
By David A. Avila
Here comes the lightweight division.
While Irish Katie Taylor vanquished American lightweight Kimberly Connor in England on Saturday, a battle between lightweight contenders in the U.S. saw Christina Linardatou edge Alycia Baumgardner by split decision. The sweepstakes are fully underway for who fights the IBF and WBA lightweight champion from Ireland.
American lightweights are lining up.
Linardatou, 30, lives in Greece, is a native of the Dominican Republic and currently trains in Philadelphia, Pa. She traveled to Louisville, Kentucky and faced 24-year-old Baumgardner whose promotion company staged the card. Linardatou won by majority decision in the eight-round lightweight clash.
“She’s moves like a Tasmanian devil,” said Linardatou’s co-manager Brian Cohen. “She’s everywhere.”
The win by Linardatou puts her in the running as yet another possibility for the two-belt champion Taylor, who stopped Connor in the third round of their fight in London.
Next up for the speedy Taylor will be WBO featherweight titlist Cindy Serrano, the older sister of five-division world champion Amanda Serrano. Both will meet on Oct. 6 in Chicago, Illinois. The match will be streamed on the new DAZN apparatus.
Ironically, the Taylor-Serrano fight will be in the city where former Taylor foe Jessica McCaskill resides. The Chicago prizefighter nearly toppled the Irish champion with a left hook when they met late last year. More than a few would love a rematch of McCaskill and Taylor.
But first, it’s Serrano’s turn.
Serrano, 36, though she’s moving up two weight classes to meet Taylor for her world titles, is no slouch. After all, she spars with her sister daily and that’s about as good as it gets. She also has boxing skills.
Taylor, 32, has been carefully navigated by her promoters and management in facing boxers who lack speed or power with the exception of McCaskill. It’s been a carefully plotted course that has Taylor headed for a lucrative showdown against somebody. But who?
Amanda Serrano will be watching as both a fan and a potential foe when her sister Cindy steps into the boxing ring against Taylor. The younger sister Amanda already won the WBO lightweight world title back in 2014 when she knocked out Maria Elena Maderna in Argentina. Now Amanda Serrano is hunting for the super lightweight title and if things work out, that fight takes place in September. But Taylor chose Cindy Serrano for her next test.
So far Taylor has not faced an opponent who has a 50/50 chance of competing with her. In every fight so far the Irish boxer has been at least a 5 to 1 favorite. It’s why this boxing web site does not have her listed in the pound for pound list.
One foe who could possibly be a 50/50 fight is WBC lightweight champion Delfine Persoon.
Persoon, 33, is a police officer in Belgium and has held the lightweight title since December 2013. Taylor’s team has attempted to organize a unification bout with the Belgian fighter but so far no response. Not even a peep.
A Taylor versus Persoon clash would be a huge seller in Europe and makes sense. But Persoon’s team is tight lipped and not even the media can get a response.
Taylor has tremendous speed and footwork. She’s promoted by Matchroom Sport the British company headed by Eddie Hearn. The company recently signed a large contract with DAZN a streaming service. Money should not be a problem. But is Matchroom Sport willing to risk one of its stars?
One other fighter not mentioned before who poses a dangerous option is Southern California’s Mikaela Mayer. But at the moment, she’s looking for a world title in the 130-pound super featherweight division. Next year, however, it’s a strong possibility.
And speaking of super featherweights, Melissa St. Vil, the WBC super featherweight Silver titlist would fight Taylor in a heartbeat. She has the speed to match Taylor in a 10 round fight and is not shy about slugging it out.
If Persoon can’t be found all Taylor’s team has to do is look to America the land of plenty.
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