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Taylor's title duel with Serrano awaiting official postponement

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Fight off: Katie Taylor

Fight off: Katie Taylor

Fight off: Katie Taylor

Katie Taylor's long-awaited world title defence against Amanda Serrano has been postponed due to the coronavirus crisis, according to the Puerto Rican fighter.

The popular Bray boxer was due to put her lightweight titles on the line against the seven-weight world champion on the undercard of the Dillian Whyte's heavyweight clash with Alexander Povetkin on May 2.

Taylor had previously beaten Serrano's sister, Cindy, in 2018 to add an extra layer of spice to the clash between two of the most decorated fighters in women's professional boxing.

There has been no confirmation from either Taylor or her Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn but Serrano's Saturday night Twitter post stated the fight will be rescheduled.

"To all my fans that keep asking me - Yes, my May 2nd fight has been postponed, a new date to be announced soon," Serrano said. "It has nothing to do with myself or my opponent. Everyone knows the critical crisis we are in," added the 31-year-old, who has won world titles in seven weight divisions.

"This Covid-19 is serious. Please be safe out there. God bless us all."

Taylor edged Belgium's Delfine Persoon in a close bout to become undisputed lightweight champion in June 2019.

Many observers felt Persoon had won the contest but Taylor got the decision to add the WBC lightweight belt to her IBF, WBO and WBA titles.

The 33-year-old then became a two-weight world champion in November when outpointing Greece's Christina Linardatou in Manchester to land the WBO light-welterweight belt and a 15th straight professional win.

Belfast Telegraph