Hardy vs Serrano: The women’s fight that is smashing the glass ceiling
An outspoken and unbeaten winner against a challenger who has won world titles in a seven divisions that are staggering. They fight in their home city, in the apex of the careers, in one of boxing’s most renowned places after previously vowing never to step into the ring from each other.
Heather Hardy vs Amanda Serrano is a fight, likely the greatest women’s boxing game scheduled. The winner has an agreement to face Katie Taylor, the darling of battling that is female , in a bout that would be more prestigious.
These would be the Joshuas, the Wilders, the Furys of the women’s game and also to possess Serrano and Hardy discuss a ring tonight is a watershed moment.
“That is as great as it gets. They’ve taken the torch. But we’re only beginning to crack the door open – today it’s time to knock the door down,” stated their promoter Lou DiBella.
“These women can just do this much to chip away at the glass ceiling. The glass ceiling has to be brokeninto They deserve fairness and this can be really a step in the perfect direction.
“They’re trailblazers. The entire world is going to see what the women can do.”
WBO featherweight champion Hardy first stepped to a fitness center nine years past as a divorcee and a mother. She never left and turned pro at 2012 that the Olympics permitted women’s boxing and Britain’s Nicola Adams became the first gold medallist. Hardy is now unbeaten in 23 fights that are pro as well as aged 37, finally will have a struggle of this consequence that she deserves.
Importantly she has come to be the gender pay gap that exists in boxing’s most vocal critic – tonight’s fight will be a money back for Serrano and also for himself.
“I’ve become known as the woman who is constantly talking about pay and equality,” she said. “There is no reflection of how thankful I am for where I’m.
“In Madison Square Garden I had been crying with my mum, saying:’We made it’.”
Serrano and hardy are equally Brooklyn women. All of Hardy’s fights have been in New York. The acquaintances promised never to fight with each other before the day that the trophy for doing this became too tempting to come. That day is today and the prize is the legacy your cash and the opportunity to next face Taylor – it might be worth putting friendship aside .
Puerto Rico-born Serrano already has some history with Taylor. Ireland’s premier boxer beat another Serrano sister, Cindy.
Amanda Serrano’s stats weigh up with almost any fighter. She has won world championships in seven categories (which includes lightweight, where Taylor has each significant belt, along with the branch above).
“[Amanda Serrano] is among the greatest battles on the market,” Taylor told Sky Sports earlier this year. “People have spoken about that fight for years.
“She is very good – a seven-weight world winner, a southpaw, and she’s explosive. That is an exciting fight.”
Promoter DiBella added:”Amanda is the Arturo Gatti, the Micky Ward, the blood and guts warrior of women’s boxing”
Serrano wore a Superwoman t-shirt this week , such as Hardy, has fought and won at MMA. Her only loss in 38 bouts has been through decision in Frida Wallberg’s home country of Sweden. She is a fighter and the Taylor fight would be enormous.
“It is not unusual anymore to have a women’s battle on a card,” Taylor represented earlier this season following a thunderous victory over Delfine Persoon in Madison Square Garden to become undisputed winner.
“Boundaries have been broken over the last few years – not only with myself, but also by Nicola Adams, Claressa Shields and so many fighters who came before usas well, like Jane Couch.”
There’s a esteem between them although these women are all out for themselves to make supremacy – that the biggest fight some of them will actually have, to raise the boxing of women can be won jointly.