WBO super-welterweight champion Natasha Jonas believes Amanda Serrano’s fighting style is all wrong for Katie Taylor.
Taylor will defend all four of her world lightweight titles against the seven-weight champion on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Jonas has experience of fighting both women and explained why the Puerto Rican may prove too much for the Irishwoman.
“Southpaws can be something of a problem her,” she told the Metro. “And when you consider the Delfine Persoon fight, against someone who is aggressive and puts it on her, Katie can be easy to drag into a fight.
“Serrano is all of those things – a come-forward, hard-punching, aggressive southpaw. I just think that is all wrong for Katie. She can be dragged in, Serrano is a southpaw which will cause problems and she can punch. She is tough. I don’t think Katie will have speed over Serrano. She isn’t a massive puncher either.”
With women’s boxing gaining more and more momentum Jonas is hoping she and Hannah Rankin can be added to the many big fights being made. The Liverpudlian became a world champion at the third time of asking when she destroyed Chris Namus in their encounter two months ago. It marked the end of a long journey at getting her hands on a world title and the beginning of a new chapter in her career. And the 37-year-old insists she wants no gimmes as champion.
“There are going to be no easy defences and I don’t want that; I want to stay at this level. And if it means changing weights and going back down again, I will do that.”
Jonas says she has been speaking to her promoter Ben Shalom about facing WBA champion Rankin in a unification in Liverpool.
“He believes it is something I can do in Liverpool, that is a homecoming show that I want. I have been all around the country, I have boxed in the Echo Arena, but I want to headline as a champion, it would be a dream come true.”