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Wednesday 14 November 2018

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IRISH ICONS: Katie Taylor with Conor McGregor after her victory Pic: Sportsfile
IRISH ICONS: Katie Taylor with Conor McGregor after her victory Pic: Sportsfile

Katie Taylor will be back in the ring in December in the wake of her demolition of a woefully disappointing Cindy Serrano in Boston on Saturday night.

Taylor's manager Brian Peters confirmed that the two-time World lightweight champion will either fight on the undercard of Canelo Alvarez's first outing since taking the middleweight crown from Gennady Golovkin - scheduled for Madison Square Garden on December 15 - or she will be in action a week later in London's O2 Arena.

Taylor makes no secret of her preference to fight in Madison Square Garden, saying of the New York venue: "It is such a historic place."

But Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn may struggle to deliver her preferred option as he doesn't have full control of the MSG card, which is a joint promotion with Canelo's backers Golden Boy.

There was scarcely concealed disgust in the Taylor camp at the failure of Serrano to make any effort to take the fight to the Bray woman, who dominated as she pleased in a painfully one-sided ten rounder as she made a second successful defence of her two World belts.

This was reflected in three judges' scorecard of 100-90 - the equivalent of a 6-0 hammering in football.

"I expected a tough challenge but it wasn't like that at all but a win is a win," said Taylor, who agreed it was probably the most one-sided of her 11 professional fights even if it did go the distance.

"Right from the get-go she was on the back foot. It was quite strange because we all thought she was hyped up for the fight. She was very slow and weak inside. But what could I do?"

Taylor actually got bored during the contest, engaging in a uncharacteristic bout of show-boating in the seventh round when she dropped her hands and invited Serrano to come forward and land a blow.

"I am just trying to enjoy myself and soak in the atmosphere. A bit of showboating is okay to do every now and again, I guess especially when there is no risk of anything really coming back," she said.

"I did get caught by a jab when I did it and I was mortified but when my opponent was so defensive I felt it was important that I relax and enjoy the moment."

Serrano's husband and trainer Jordan Maldonado provoked controversy after his comment to Katie that "Amanda (Cindy's younger sister) is going to knock you out next time" was picked up by a TV microphone.

"He was saying terrible things and it was his wife who was in the ring," said Taylor, who still wants to fight Amanda, who was ring-side for the contest.

"He was saying 'you picked the weaker Serrano'. That's a terrible thing to say. At least give your wife some encouragement. It was ridiculous of him."

Amanda has won six world titles across different weight divisions but recently declared that she had retired from boxing in order to concentrate on MMA. But in a tweet after the fight she congratulated Katie and then declared: "I hope I get my shot. Promise it will be a Toe2Toe. WAR. Not moving nowhere."

"I'd love for that fight to happen. It has to happen, and if it doesn't happen that's down to them really," said Taylor, who was chuffed that Conor McGregor visited her dressing-room before and after the fight.

McGregor said on social media: "What an honour to watch our very own @katietaylor live tonight in Boston! This lady epitomizes hard work, passion, drive, and laser like focus! A motivating inspiration!"

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